The ability to join in with the feelings of another person and feel them in solidarity.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • cold-heartedness

Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “‘Is there any one word,’ asked Tzŭ Kung, ‘which could be adopted as a lifelong rule of conduct?’ The Master replied: ‘Is not Sympathy the word? Do not do to others what you would not like yourself.’” (Analects of Confucius, XV.XXIII)