In all of this, Odysseus was the very essence of compassion.
In fact, he was often the one who got them into trouble in the first place.
Such was the case when they reached the land of the Cyclops.
Odysseus' crew had no real need to investigate this locale.
When they reached the cave belonging to Polyphemus, the massive size of the tools set off alarm bells in everyone but the leader.
Polyphemus' return went exactly as one might expect.
Odysseus quickly formulated a plan.
At Polyphemus' howls of pain, the other Cyclopes came running.
Then some Cyclopes tended to Polyphemus' wound while others rounded up Odysseus' crew.
Literature is full of examples to emulate. The Cyclopes are not one of them.
"Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you."
-- attributed to St. Ignatius Loyola, quoted in the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2834