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So much for Kindness and Unkindness. Let us now consider Pity, asking ourselves what
things excite pity, and for what persons, and in what states of our mind pity is felt. Pity may
be defined as a feeling of pain caused by the sight of some evil, destructive or painful,
which befalls one who does not deserve it, and which we might expect to befall ourselves or
some friend of ours, and moreover to befall us soon. In order to feel pity, we must obviously
be capable of supposing that some evil may happen to us or some friend of ours, and
moreover some such evil as is stated in our definition or is more or less of that kind. It is
therefore not felt by those completely ruined, who suppose that no further evil can befall
them, since the worst has befallen them already; nor by those who imagine themselves
immensely fortunate- their feeling is rather presumptuous insolence, for when they think they
possess all the good things of life, it is clear that the impossibility of evil befalling them will
be included, this...
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- Spring '14