Dealing with the misfortune or illness of someone may override some of your other more pressing responsibilities at the moment. Take the time to help but don't throw excessive amounts of time and situation you know you can't improve. Compassion needs to be balanced against practicality now. You want to change people, especially when you can see what needs to be done, but if others don’t want to change, you can’t hold a gun to their head. Altruism won’t work today, and neither will it encourage others to do better. Today’s key word is pragmatism.