Compassion, Empathy, Humanism
It is interesting to note how use of the word "compassion" in writing dipped during each of the World Wars, but has been steadily and (encouragingly) on the rise ever since.
"Humanism" rose in the early part of the last century, but interest seems to have flattened, or even begun to decline.
"Empathy" was rarely used in writings compared to the other terms, only taking off in the 1950's and growing since. I wonder if the 1952 first publication of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) had the effect of sparking interest and awareness of others' mental status?
Perhaps the world is becoming a more compassionate place, despite the fact that it still feels like a jungle.
Posted by drcharles at 16.4.11