The path to genuine co-operation is again through sincere compassion and love.
Sometimes we misunderstand compassion as being nothing more than a feeling of
pity. Compassion is much, much more. It embraces not only a feeling of
closeness, but also a sense of responsibility. When you develop compassion, it
will help you enormously to generate inner strength and self-confidence, and to
reduce your feelings of fear and insecurity. So compassion and love, embodied
in an attitude of altruism, are qualities that are of tremendous importance for
the individual, as well as for society and the community at large.
-- H.H. the Dalai Lama, in "Dzogchen: The Heart Essence of the Great
Perfection", published by Snow Lion Publications