Originally Posted by mlp
I guess I'll turn that question back to you. What good does that compassion of yours do those people?
If we don't feel compassion for other people, how will we decide when to act?
Is it not better to feel empathy for everyone, to realize that we all beings capable of feeling joy and misery, pleaasure and pain?
Or should we see other human beings as mere objects, completely separate from ourselves and unlike ourselves?
If you post about your compassion for child molesters on a public forum, that perhaps will make the child molesters who read it feel better about themselves. OTOH, it will also be read by people who were raped in childhood, and it may well make those people feel as though their experiences are being minimized, and it may well trigger certain emotions in them.
Some victims are blinded by hate and rage, and are probably offended by even the merest suggestion that doesn't involve flaying abusers to death.
But I suspect most victims, especially here at VB
, can differentiate between compassion and condoning. Maybe I'm overestimating the enlightened attitudes at VB
, but I don't think so.
Why take any risk in hurting people who were molested/raped when you can reach out and actually do some real good for molestors/rapists by giving them a friendly greeting or having coffee with them? In the former situation
Er, not really sure how a friendly greeting or having coffee with them does some "real good".