Is there a difference between compassion and being a sucker?
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Well, I'm not making a decision here, I'm just saying, if you happen to be a Christian, What would Jesus say??
Not an animal rights activist.
Was a nationalist.
Was HE a "sucker"???
No. He would have tossed liberal moralists out of the temple for being judgemental hypocrites.
"So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
"You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
"So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness
The difference is how you feel about it, and whether it is based on feelings (compassion) or rational thought.
Anybody who gets steered around by his/her feelings is a sucker.
I think about these sorts of questions in terms of the difference between being nice and being kind.
Nice is doing what others want, or what makes them feel good, regardless of whether it is good for them in the long run. Usually niceness just keeps the peace temporarily, and all too often involves disingenuousness and emotional manipulation, and it fosters dependence or laziness or a sense of entitlement.
Kind is doing what is good for others, even if it is not what they actually want. Actual kindness requires rational thought that disregards feelings. It also requires honesty. Real kindness fosters independence and self-sufficiency, and therefore freedom.