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Barbara Lazear Ascher On Compassion

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“On Compassion” by Barbara Lazear Ascher In the essay On Compassion, by Barbara Lazear Ascher examines compassion in the world and where it truly comes from. Ascher first discusses a scenario in which a mother is waiting at the corner of Madison Avenue with her baby waiting for the light to switch as a man continues to approach her. As the man continues to come closer and closer she clamps her hands on the stroller tighter and tighter. She then searches her purse and hands him a dollar. The author asks a deep question, “Was it fear or compassion that motivated the gift?” (Ascher, 36). Furthermore, Ascher describes another scenario where she is at a French Bread shop and has seen an old man that comes into the store and is handed a cup
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