aka The Frazzled Mom
Sympathy – feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else’s misfortune.
Not to be confused with empathy. One allows for better understanding of what the person is going through. The other elicits the strong desire to alleviate that individual’s suffering.
Which then reminds me of Ash from Alien (yeah, I know…my brain is wired, uh, weird). After the crew has already discovered the incredible deadly xenomorph on the ship, Ripley finds that’s not the only danger they face. Since this movie has been out for over 30 years, I’ll assume that spoilers are okay in this post.
The audience learns, along with the crew, that Ash is a company android, sent to ensure that if intelligent life is found it is kept and returned for further research. The order states that the crew is expendable. When Ripley confronts Ash, he attacks her. Thankfully, other crew members come to her aid and “disable” the android. I spare you the gory details. Everyone has questions that need answers, so they piece Ash back together, enough to have a chat. During the conversation, he makes this comment:
“I can’t lie to you about your chances, but… you have my sympathies.”
Ash offers a slight smile…though it looks more like a smirk to me. He may feel sorry for what they’re up against, but not enough to make an effort to help (if he could, that is). To me, that is the definition of sympathy. Or as I’ve heard it said, “Sucks to be you.”