…the basic issue is compassion. In other words, “What ails thee, brother?” 

In the Buddhist Bodhisattva tradition, this compassion is called “joyful participation in the  sorrows of others” - the consecration of action in service to humanity. Without compassion, without the heart of spontaneous action, all one has is conventionality in one form or another.

Of course, we can be conventionally spiritual, intellectual, yuppie, hippie, “revolutionary,” or whatever. It's still the wasteland. You can recognize it right away. It lacks spontaneity, freshness, energy—life.

- Laurence G. Boldt