The way I see the word "pity" used these days brings up an image of someone who disdains the unfortunate by having a haughtiness while looking down at other people's misfortune. I've often seen it used in such a way, and also that it is wrong (politically incorrect) to pity other people's misfortunes, that to feel pity is somehow demeaning. More and more it seems that it is more acceptable to be cold and unfeeling rather than to feel pity.
Merriam Webster's definition of the word "pity":
1. sympathetic sorrow for one suffering, distressed, or unhappy b : capacity to feel pity
2. something to be regretted <it's a pity you can't go>
- She has had a hard life and deserves your pity.
- I felt deep pity for the lost dog.
- He didn't live to see his daughter grow up, and that's a pity.
I think it would be good if we all felt a good dose of pity for the weak, the perishing, and the lost. Did "pity" get a bad rap because of "Mr. T"?