Sympathy : Feeling
well-disposed or helpful to someone, or feeling similar or like someone.
Etymologically, 'sympathy' comes from the Greek and means
'feeling with'. Although there is a distinction between feeling
well-disposed or helpful and feeling similar or like someone, the
connection is that in general if one feels similar to someone one is
more disposed to feel well about them and be helpful to them, and
conversely if one feels well about someone or is helpful to them, the
ordinary human-all-too-human reason is that one believes they are of
one's own kind.
In any case, the capacity for sympathy is basic for much behavior
that is ethical or
moral in the positive sense, and also the
basis of many if not all agreements