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❚ individuality ❚ sympathy ✱ Oscar Wilde

to sympathise with a friend’s success

Anybody can sympathise with the sufferings of a friend, but it requires a very fine nature—it requires, in fact, the nature of a true Individualist—to sympathise with a friend’s success, such sympathy is naturally rare, and is also very much stifled by the immoral ideal of uniformity of type and conformity to rule which is so prevalent. While sympathy with joy intensifies the sum of joy in the world, sympathy with pain does not really diminish the amount of pain. It may make man better able to endure evil, but the evil remains.

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  1. sympathy with joy is naturally rare

    When man has realised Individualism, he will also realise sympathy and exercise it freely and spontaneously. All sympathy is fine, but sympathy with

  2. exaggerated altruistic virtues

    Altruistic impulses of charity, benevolence, and the like are admirable, though misdirected intentions — degrade and demoralise … It is much more

  3. selfishness and altruism

    from The Soul of Man Under Socialism (1891), Oscar Wilde: exaggerated altruistic virtues original virtue through disobedience selfishness is to

  4. sympathy is easier than empathy

    Sympathy is far easier to practice than empathy, sharing the same root, they both come from the Greek word pathos, which roughly means “feeling.”