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Most directly opposed to pity is the feeling called Indignation. Pain at unmerited good
fortune is, in one sense, opposite to pain at unmerited bad fortune, and is due to the same
moral qualities. Both feelings are associated with good moral character; it is our duty both to
feel sympathy and pity for unmerited distress, and to feel indignation at unmerited
prosperity; for whatever is undeserved is unjust, and that is why we ascribe indignation even
to the gods. It might indeed be thought that envy is similarly opposed to pity, on the ground
that envy it closely akin to indignation, or even the same thing. But it is not the same. It is
true that it also is a disturbing pain excited by the prosperity of others. But it is excited not
by the prosperity of the undeserving but by that of people who are like us or equal with us.
The two feelings have this in common, that they must be due not to some untoward thing
being likely to befall ourselves, but only t...
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