Compassion is not pity and it does quite the opposite of creating a sense of superior and inferior: compassion connects us as equal human beings. 

“Mirror neurons put the self and the other back together…creating a sense of us …. and some kind of magical connection between people”
Mark Icacoboni , Mirroring people,  2008

“The model of the lone genius struggling against society…the philosophical basis of western culture [ has also] deprived art of its potential to build community through empathetic social interaction” Art has the potential to be “not just a visual language of form” but “something more interactive and dialectical in nature.” creating a “sense of us”
Suzi Gablik Converstations before the End of Time, 1995,

Anaesthetic= Numbness
Aesthetic= Enlivened being
Responsibility arising from an ability to respond

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