Compassion prevents one from being completely merciless and fully committed to the task, whether it be rising up the corporate ladder, or killing somebody in Iraq. Compassion prevents swiftness of action and encourages fragile mindsets. Compassion isn't manly or useful when there are so many dangers out in the world. Compassion is only required for those that are weak, because they need others to support them. I can think of many arguments why it's a weakness, but not many why it's a strength.. yet I know instinctively that I can't not be compassionate, or rather I can't be completely detached. It's not in my nature. The question is, should I minimise it's effects on me as a weakness, or should I instead look at it as a strength ? Where have you found compassion to be a strength or a weakness ? Forgive me for adding only two options. I needed a definitive answer.