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Unformatted text preview: being one of the good things in question. Those who think evil may befall
them are such as have already had it befall them and have safely escaped from it; elderly
men, owing to their good sense and their experience; weak men, especially men inclined to
cowardice; and also educated people, since these can take long views. Also those who have
parents living, or children, or wives; for these are our own, and the evils mentioned above
may easily befall them. And those who neither moved by any courageous emotion such as
anger or confidence (these emotions take no account of the future), nor by a disposition to
presumptuous insolence (insolent men, too, take no account of the possibility that something
evil will happen to them), nor yet by great fear (panic- stricken people do not feel pity,
because they are taken up with what is happening to themselves); only those feel pity who
are between these two extremes. In order to feel pity we must also believe in the goodness of
at least some people; if you think nobody good, you will beli...
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