In II Samuel 12:1-4, the prophet Nathan teaches the following parable:
There were two men in one city: the one rich, and the other poor. The Rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds; but the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and reared; and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own morsel, and drink of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and it was unto him as a daughter. And there came a traveler unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him, but took the poor man's lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come unto him.
The emotions normally evoked by this parable are anger and compassion: anger toward the rich man, compassion for the poor man.
Suppose, however, that upon hearing Nathan's parable, a person were to evince anger toward the poor man and compassion for the rich man. » Continue reading “The Pathological State of Mankind”