Compassion and Empathy

‘An arch’, wrote Leonardo da Vinci, ‘is nothing else than a strength caused by two weaknesses; for the arch in buildings is made up of two segments of a circle and each of these segments, being itself very weak, desires to fall; and as one withstands the downfall of the other, the two weaknesses are converted into a single strength.’  (Mann, A Double Thirst, pp.87-88)  Quoted by Fr Bill Kirkpatrick to illustrate the need for compassion and empathy (The Creativity of Listening, DLT, p.42)

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