One aspect of compassion is to respect others' rights and to respect others' views. That is the basis of reconciliation. The human spirit of reconciliation based on compassion is working deep down, whether the person really knows it or not.
Our basic human nature is gentleness; therefore, no matter how much we go through violence and other bad things, ultimately the proper solution is to return to human feeling and affection. So affection or compassion is not only a religious matter, but in our day-to-day life it is quite indispensable.
22 June 2009
This is from a book of daily wisdom that is composed of statements made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It's called "The Path to Tranquility," and is compiled and edited by Renuka Singh.