What is compassion? Here are some brief thoughts and definitions that will help frame compassion for this article:
- A feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering.
- Compassion motivates people to go out of their way to help physical, spiritual, or emotional hurts or pains of another.
- "Compassion is passion with a heart." Tom Krause
- "A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal." Steve Maraboli
Due to a disrespectful comedic actor, Captain Marvel takes over as director when Elroy Fauntleroy comes to audition. Fauntleroy's audition is horrible, and Cap gently breaks the news to him that he's not going to get the part.
As Fauntleroy is leaving, something catches Captain Marvel's eye. He sees that Fauntleroy's pants are worn out and thinks to himself, "A patch in his pants! He isn't as prosperous as he'd like me to believe!" Suddenly Fauntleroy faints and a doctor's examination reveals that he fainted due to not eating "a square meal in weeks" - Fauntleroy is practically starved!
Captain Marvel's compassion is clearly seen through his actions in dealing with the unfortunate Fauntleroy. There are many other examples throughout the pages of Cap's comics, but this stands out to me as one of the better examples.
Captain Marvel is a compassionate hero, and that's just one more reason he's been my hero and a hero to countless others!