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fortune. And, generally, we feel pity whenever we are in the condition of remembering that
similar misfortunes have happened to us or ours, or expecting them to happen in the future.
So much for the mental conditions under which we feel pity. What we pity is stated clearly
in the definition. All unpleasant and painful things excite pity if they tend to destroy pain
and annihilate; and all such evils as are due to chance, if they are serious. The painful and
destructive evils are: death in its various forms, bodily injuries and afflictions, old age,
diseases, lack of food. The evils due to chance are: friendlessness, scarcity of friends (it is a
pitiful thing to be torn away from friends and companions), deformity, weakness, mutilation;
evil coming from a source from which good ought to have come; and the frequent repetition
of such misfortunes. Also the coming of good when the worst has happened: e.g. the arrival
of the Great King's gifts for Diopeithes after his death. Also that either no good should have
befallen a man at all, or that he sh...
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