Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained.
Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?
Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained-
to me means its not a passionate thing that takes over someones life, rather just something they like.
Can I see another's woe, and not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, and not seek for kind relief?- Woe is being troubled and therefore the person wants to know anothers troubles, but when its grief, a lot of people like to hear others griefs, to be thanksful that its not them and they are actually better off than they realise.
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Those who can stop wanting something , didn't want it bad enough in the first place.
I have empathy for others. When they hurt, I hurt. I want to help.
1st one - true desire cannot be controlled - you'd do anything, no matter how dangerous/stupid/embarrassing to get it - otherwise you just don't want it enough to be true desire.
2nd one - Being able to empathise with another's feelings: showing compassion when somebody else is in pain or upset, sharing their grief, because it makes you sad to see somebody else suffer.
THe 1st one means that a person restrain his desire because his desire is weak in the 1st place. It's juz to show that you need to have a strong desire to do something you want to do.
The 2nd one means that can you not feel sad watching other people facing difficulties? It questions your emphaty on seeing people's sadness. Are you inhumane enough to just see people's hardship and not care at all?
The first one is a self-excusing crock that means that anyone who controls their desires must not have strong desires to begin with - which is completely untrue and is a way of people justifying giving into their impulsive behavior. Bleh.
The second means, how can I see someone suffer without it making me feel their pain. And that's generally true of course, for any loving person.
"Those who restrain desire, do so because theirs is weak enough to be restrained."
William Blake was having a poke at the established church. Being a radical, Blake is saying that conformity leads to the dulling of the senses, slavishly following the rules that benefit those who have power leaves us in chains. Only by following are desires can we escape from the yoke of oppression.
1. Desire can mean 'want' as well as sexual desire, (like wanting a drink of water, so:
Those who can control themselves manage because the urge isnt that strong.
Its like if they were dying of thirst they wouldnt be able to say no.
2. Can I see someone upset without feeling for them and getting a bit choked myself?
a desire is a craving, and if you dont want something that much, it means that your craving is weak and can be restrained easily.
can i see bad and not feel bad, can i see someone in need without hoping they get better
A) This is someone slagging off someone else who is able to restrain themselves by saying that the only reason they can do so is that they don't have strong desires, thus justifying their own lack of restraint by the strength of their desires.
Sounds to me like they should be spin doctors for a politician.
B)This is your basic bleeding heart who suffers from too much empathy and wants to heal the world. They go about crying when they see someone else crying and trying to pat them on the back to make it better when they would be better off doing something practical.
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