I would rather feel compassion
than know the meaning of it.
— Thomas Aquinas
Note to Saint Thomas:
I'm with you about preferring the feeling of compassion to knowing its meaning, but I'd like to entertain the possibility of not having to choose between feeling and knowing compassion.
I believe that with some intention, determination, and effort, we might be able to both feel and know compassion quite deeply——and reap rich rewards for our efforts.