(Apologies to Wislawa Szymborska)
Attentive to all in a conversation: Ten percent of the population. Someone's shame provokes a laugh: Often true for over half. Ready and willing to reconcile: Rare below the top quintile. Twenty percent, plus-or-minus three: Those who’ll let an eccentric be. Almost three out of every four Are quick to pity the sick or poor, But doing something to counter hate: No more than one in any eight. Scoring high on all these measures: We've found no such human treasures. Of compassion, pure examples? One or two in all our samples. But needing someone’s forgiving love: Ninety-nine percent thereof.
See also: Cuttings: A book about happiness