On Compassion

Evolutionary Compassion

Just as hitting my thumb with a hammer causes physical pain, a loved one’s in pain induces some form of physical pain in me.

Pseudo Compassion

But there seems to be another source of “compassionate pain” which is less constructive.

Beyond Pain

On reflection, it feels to me that much of my pain comes from Pseudo Compassion. And when I let go of my unrealistic expectations for the world, this pain disappears.



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Nuwan I. Senaratna

Nuwan I. Senaratna


I am a Computer Scientist and Musician by training. A writer with interests in Philosophy, Economics, Technology, Politics, Business, the Arts and Fiction.