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Even though I am delicious, as a wer-lobster, I have a hard shell.
Compassion is a result of sensitivity and I would suggest Buddhist training makes us more sensitive. Sensitive does not mean overly emotional, sentimental and hippy like. [long live the hippys - sorry could not help myself].
How do we get this balance of real world pragmatism and compassion for the dukkha of ducks and other sensitive sentients?
My solutions would include:
Visits to the hell realms or shopping mall, whichever is nearer.
What is your feeling on this?