Religious or humane person, how much sympathy do you show others who have unforseen things happen to them?

Sympathy, understanding feelings of others!

33 man out / Baby Jessica / foreclosure-freeze / Sympathy, understanding feelings of others!

33 miners story here

http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/94069?fp=1

While the 33 miners were being hoisted to the surface earlier this week, Web searches were not only soaring on the brave men and their families, but also on Jessica McClure, better known as "Baby Jessica."

Baby Jessica story here

http://buzz.yahoo.com/buzzlog/94071?fp=1

Another story of others bucked the odds and survived the ordeal tied to the other stories!

After Sabella commented on the Chile situation, Web searches on "ramon sabella" surged into breakout status. Sabella says he was overwhelmed by the attention he received after being rescued. But according to a popular blog from CNN, he remarked, "If the miners can hang on and be normal, spend time with family and friends, they can manage not to be overwhelmed. They'll be OK."

Lastly, there's Ramon Sabella. If you don't remember him, you probably weren't around in 1972, when Mr. Sabella's plane crashed in the Andes Mountains. He and a group of others bucked the odds and survived the ordeal. Their story was documented in the movie "Alive."

Foreclosure Freeze story here

http://finance.yahoo.com/real-estate/article/11104...

From a Maine House, a National Foreclosure Freeze

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SandyS 43 seconds ago

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Before anyone starts casting stones at this woman for having the audacity to lose her job in a depressed area, just consider...it can happen to you any day now. Unemployment isn't going down. And our wages isn't going up, even though our elected officials always make sure they vote themselves a raise as much as they can get away with. I always put myself in the shoes of the other person, because I've been the other person. My plant closed down within a year after Clinton signed NAFTA into law, putting me on the unemployment line. I was disabled (but not receiving $ for it) & jobs weren't plentiful for people who couldn't stand for long periods. That left us to survive on my husbands income, which was as a school bus driver. If our rent hadn't been cheap, we'd have had to live in our car, like hundreds of other Americans. And while I agree that everyone needs to pay their fair share, where are the agencies that help people stay in their homes? And why couldn't the bank lower her mortgage once she was on welfare? Even if she only paid a fraction of what her payments were, at least she'd still be in her home with her family. I have no sympathy for the banks. They brought this on themselves by their greed. And it's only by the grace of God that those of you who throw stones at people like this lady aren't in her position right now. Don't get too cozy. The tax man cometh.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sympathy is a social affinity in which one person stands with another person, closely understanding his or her feelings. Also known as empathic concern, it is the feeling of compassion or concern for another, the wish to see them better off or happier. Although empathy and sympathy are often used interchangeably, a subtle variation in ordinary usage can be detected. To empathize is to respond to another's perceived emotional state by experiencing feelings of a similar sort. Sympathy not only includes empathizing, but also entails having a positive regard or a non-fleeting concern for the other person.

In common usage, sympathy is usually making known one's understanding of another's unhappiness or suffering, especially when it is grief. Sympathy can also refer to being aware of other (positive) emotions as well. In a broader sense, it can refer to the sharing of political or ideological sentiments, such as in the phrase "a communist sympathizer". The word derives from the Greek συμπάθεια (sympatheia), from σύν (syn) "together" and πάθος (pathos) "passion", in this case "suffering" (from πάσχω - pascho, "to be affected by, to suffer").

Can we show sympathy toward people who had unforseen circumstances come upon them in ways they did not see coming and powerless without help from others to get things aright again?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Sympathy is a feeling, and most people have sympathy for people who have something bad happen to them. But even better than sympathy is when you actually DO something for others rather than just feeling sympathy.

    If you see that someone is having a tough time, don't say "Let me know if there is anything I can do to help." Those are empty words. Instead, find something helpful you can do, and do it.

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