No society can function successfully without compassion. Without it, there can be no social cohesion, harmony or fellow feeling. That people are now so fearful of others, that they are so terrified and threatened, proves that we have lost our sense of compassion. As we live in splendid isolation, connected only to our gadgets, the pain and torment of others very often goes unnoticed. As we cease to read stories of heroism and nobility, empathy and sympathy, we forget that these are virtues upon which we all depend.