Empathy expects us to turn from self and enter into the world’s reality, apparently increasing our compassion and social responsibility. However, the world’s suffering will not only insist on hegemony, but it will also block the realist view that compassion is inclusive and self-sustaining. It includes our self. We must feel the the embrace of compassion for our self. Furthermore, it is socially responsible to view goodness as an already existing powerful force.
Sympathizing with the pain and suffering of others does not define compassion and social responsibility. To confine compassion and social responsibility to suffering, or the removal of it, is to neglect or distort the reality of joy and wealth and beauty.
A spiritual path engages in the divine. We are aware of, and help with, the needs of other’s because of compassion. We don’t make compassion. It made us.