The composition of compassion is made up of the desire to suffer with or for another.
Very few will accept such a challenge.
What is empathy, what is compassion, what is sympathy? Words mean nothing. The root is compassion. This is more than a pipe dream.
The foundation of true compassion lies in a willingness to suffer with the ones that suffer. Often people will say, But I do feel for someone or something’, yet this is only a surface feeling that retreats as soon as it has been spoken.
In surface compassion you might think that you must do something about the suffering and it feels real, yet I will say true compassion first comes from the point of feeling the pain, and willingness to spend a few moments in deep love for that which you see.
Yes, go ahead and help if you can do something incredible to help fix it. If you are unable to help, know that your moment of willingness has moved mountains.
To suffer is to feel the others pain. You need to practice this. When it hurts that much you feel their pain, what Jesus experienced on the cross.