The greatest act of compassion you can do is remain beside someone who doesn’t stand a chance in the fight that they are up against. But you comfort them, you give them some kind of grace in their knowing that they are not alone and will not be betrayed. It is more than unconditional love. It is spiritual camaraderie. And it exceeds the unconditional because in all contexts you do agree with your friend, but you know that you are both grievously outnumbered.
That is love. That is romance. That is compassion. That is purity. In all of this, there is an element of art, God, and justice all entwined.
Even if you don’t believe in any of them.