FAGO

It is an emotion that brings together compassion, sadness and love. It is the sentiment felt for people in need, which drives us to take care of them. Fago, for the Ifaluk, a population of the Caroline Islands of the Pacific, means emotional understanding. Fago emerges when our love for others, their need for us, takes us by surprise – when life seems fragile and temporary – and we cannot help but feel moved in that moment. It is the combination of suffering and trying to do something to alleviate it; in other words, compassion. It is rendered when pain is diffuse, and one believes that human effort can limit the damage of that pain.

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