What Is Gadfly's Definition Of Compassion Is Making People Feel Good

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Although I disagree with Gadfly’s definition of compassion as “making people feel good,” I agree that this definition of compassion would generally be an enemy of justice. If compassion simply entails “making people feel good” then compassionate people would find it incredibly difficult to carry out justice because upholding the law would requiring making people unhappy by punishing them. However, if compassion is about “making people feel good,” then letting criminals go “scot-free” would not necessarily be compassionate since it wouldn't make the wronged party feel good. Additionally, Gadfly’s definition of compassion is decidedly ambiguous as he first juxtaposes justice with “making people feel good” and then references “real pity” rather

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