sympathy

I admit, I love my stuffed animals. They're the best.

Some of them have been with me for years and I have them proudly displayed in different spots around my apartment. And when I've packed them for a move, I've done so with all the tender loving care I can muster.

What is it about them that stirs up these feelings?

Believe it or not, it's quite possible to form emotional attachments to inanimate objects!

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Sympathizing with people who are suffering is a part of human nature, it comes naturally to many people.

It can be really hard to dredge up that sincere sympathy when the person is 100% responsible for the crappy situation they found themselves in

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Villains are generally supposed to be horrid and reviled by the audience, who usually see them through the eyes of the hero of the story. Not all villains are particularly villainous, however.

Some are fairly relatable from the start, while others grow throughout the story and become more sympathetic over time.

Still others seem more relatable as we get older and learn how the real world works.

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There are limits to even the most giving and kind of human emotions.

Using up sympathy takes a lot of effort. But once you've tread past the point of "no sympathy," you can never go back. People can only feel for others to a certain extent, and if that person makes no effort to help themselves or others, that feeling quickly fades.

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