“It was pity that made you cry,” she said. “Pity, not for this person or that person who is suffering, but for all things–for the very nature of things. Unless a man has pity he is inhuman and not yet truly a man, for out of pity comes the balm which heals. Only good men weep. If a man has not wept at the world’s pain he is less than the dirt he walks upon because dirt will nourish seed, root, stalk, leaf and flower, but the spirit of a man without pity is barren and will bring forth nothing–or only pride which must finally do murder of one sort or another–murder of good things, or murder even of human lives.”

-William Saroyan, The Human Comedy
[I agree, but not in the way Saroyan intended…]


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