"The ability to derive pleasure from seeing
pleasure, involves the liability to derive pain from seeing pain.
Sympathy prevents its possessor
from inflicting pain, that he may avoid pain himself, and tempts him to give
happiness that he may have happiness.
It is the aim of that work to
show that the proper regulation of our
conduct to one another, is secured by means of
a faculty whose function it is
to excite in each being the emotions displayed by surrounding ones - a
faculty which awakens a like state of sentiment, or, as he terms it, "a fellow
feeling with the passions of others" - the faculty, in short, which we commonly
illustrations of the
mode in which this agent acts, Adam Smith quotes:
have all experienced the uncomfortable feeling
of shame produced by the
blunders and confusion of a
nervous speaker; and at some time or other been put into
a horrible tremor on seeing another
at the edge of a precipice.
The converse action of the faculty is
ourselves unable to avoid joining in the merriment of our friends.
Sympathy must be considered as
a sort of substitution by
which we are put into the place of another man, and affected as he is
Adam Smith perceived the
sentiment of justice as a
sympathetic affection of the instinct
of personal rights - a sort of reflex function.
Here lies the explanation of
those qualms of conscience, as we call them, felt by men who have committed
It is through
this instrumentality that we receive satisfaction on paying another what is due
These faculties originate the indignation
narratives of political
oppression excite in us like the
gnashing of the teeth with
which we read of the slave-dealer's barbarities.
Those who have the strongest
sense of their own rights, will have the strongest sense of the rights of their
The first illustration that suggests itself is afforded
by the Society of Friends.
Amongst lunatic asylums,
the York Retreat was one of the first, if not the first, in which
a non-coercive treatment of the
insane was adopted.
They were Quakers too, who years ago began publicly
to exclaim against the injustice as well as the cruelty of
Conversely, we find that those who have not a strong sense of what
is just to themselves, are likewise deficient in a sense of what is just to
their fellow men.
As one of our living writers puts it - the tyrant is
nothing but a slave
turned inside out.
That "emancipated slaves exceed all other owners (of
slaves) in cruelty and oppression," is a truth established on numerous
and instinct of rights do not always co-exist in equal strength any more than
other faculties do.
If devoid of sympathy, it is
possible for a man who has a sufficient impulse to assert his own claims, to
show no corresponding respect for claims of others.
sentiment of justice is really
due to a sympathetic excitement of impulse.
Only by the
sympathetic excitement of it,
is a desire to behave equitably to others awakened; and when sympathy is absent
such a desire is impossible.
No faculty whatever will grow, save by the
performance of its special function -
the intellect by perceiving and
thinking; a moral sentiment.
Then, none will be
hindered from duly unfolding their
natures; for whilst every one maintains his own claims, he will respect the
like claims of others.
For the first time in the history of the world,
there will exist beings whose
individualities can be expanded in all directions."
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