Could Empathy be considered the wiser, more mature cousin of sympathy?

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    It seems to me sympathy is more like an ego thing(feeling sorry for someone with the idea that I’m glad it’s not me?) while empathy seems to have more of a spiritual side; it seems to have deeper roots(to not just feel sympathy but to actually connect with someone’s suffering because we all suffer and feel pain so we know how it is).
    Is there a vast difference between the two or are they just different degrees of the same thing?

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