There are two phases in the life of a truth-seeking individual:
a time in which the human learns
and experiences and feels
and takes a look at others
and attempts to understand them -
to put themselves in their shoes,
to respect their perspective,
to realize what it truly means
to love another as yourself.
and a time in which
you apply what you've learned.
this is compassion.
and it is impossible to have one
without the other.