This-essay is a7703111.htm which is available at the web-site www.essayz.com. See more notes at the bottom. Previous-Essay <== This-Essay ==> Following-Essay By-Months By-Years By-Words Webs of Like-&-Un-Like ESSAYS <==> Like-&-UN-Like This-One ========================================================== %SYMPATHY 770311 Sympathy relates to having like feelings. It is not merely having deep feelings in response to someone else's situation. Unless the feelings have much in common, there is not much sympathy. Self may become very upset upon seeing another person treated unjustly or be the victim of an accident. Sharing the emotions of being upset will be sympathy only if the victim has the same emotions. There may be grief, condolences, regret, indignation, kindness, pity, love, affection, mercy, and many other emotions expressed---without there being genuine sympathy. Real sympathy is possible only between people who share some common culture. They may be participants in cultures other than the culture which they share. However, people who have no culture in common will find it virtually impossible to sympathize with each other in the sense of having closely related feelings in response to specific conditions, situations, opportunities, etc. Significant dialogue is heavily dependent upon sympathy between those who seek be in dialogue. Thus people who do not have a culture in common will find it difficult to enter into true dialogue --- and thus difficult to share with each other their differing cultures. Dialogue is essential to the process of sharing culture. A common culture is essential to dialogue. Each depends upon the other. Without one the other is quite difficult to have, and vice versa. This makes mutual understanding between members of cultures who have no common cultural background difficult to achieve and/or enjoy. The solution to the impasse is to find people who may serve as bridges between individuals who have no culture in common. If Jack is familiar with cultures "A" and "B", Jill is familiar with cultures "B" and "C", and John is familiar with cultures "C" and "D"; then Jack and John cannot sympathize with each other effectively---and thus can not be participants in significant dialogue. Through Jill, however, Jack and John can begin dialogue which will familiarize them with what is to each. A C C Jack Jill John B B D When Jack and John have both become familiar with Jill's other culture they will find that they have two cultures in common, "B" and "C". Then they can introduce each other to cultures "A" and "D" respectively. Cultures are like spoken languages. Unless two people have a language in common, they cannot be in dialogue, and probably cannot sympathize with each other. (c) 2005 by Paul A. Smith in www.essayz.com Search for Integrity and Honesty (On Being Yourself, Whole and Healthy) ==========================================================Lines beginning with a percent sign are KEYWORDS for use in ESSAY-System Searches. Their terminal digits are dates of writing in the format @yymmdd#, where @ = a means 99, @ = b means 20, and # = is a within-date essay-count. Links to date-adjacent essays are near page top & bottom.
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