In awakened awareness we are also able to see others as whole, despite their burdens and difficulties. The Buddha said that the near enemy to compassion is pity. To pity others is to demean them in one's own mind. Feeling compassion for others in their struggles and problems is recognizing their undiminished radiant nature while at the same time offering sympathy and comfort. None of us like to be pitied, but most of us appreciate compassion and being seen as whole despite our problems.

Catherine Ingram, Passionate Presence