Further, the nearness of the terrible makes men pity.1 Men also pity those who resemble them in
age, character, habits, position, or family; for all such relations make a man
more likely to think that their misfortune may befall him as well. For, in
general, here also we may conclude that all that men fear in regard to
themselves excites their pity when others are the victims.
1 Jebb renders: “Again men pity when the danger is
near themselves,” which may mean when they see something terrible
happening to others and likely soon to befall themselves. Vahlen inserts
οὐγὰρ before ἔτι: “for men cease to pity when the terrible
comes close to themselves.
Aristotle in 23 Volumes, Vol. 22, translated by J. H. Freese. Aristotle. Cambridge and London. Harvard University Press; William Heinemann Ltd. 1926.
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