Thanks to Prof. Michael Allen Fox for citing my book in the Sept/Oct 2012 issue (No. 80) of Philosophy Now magazine. It is a great little magazine with big ideas!
In his article "Compassion & Peace" Prof. Fox advocates that the cultivation of the human trait of compassion ("the source of acts of kindness or benevolence") leads us "to extend moral concern and engagement beyond ourselves". Fox contends that "the key to conflict prevention is extending the moral boundaries of one’s community and expressing compassion toward others. Compassion helps us to become fully engaged in trying to solve human problems. It stands against the image of humans as naturally and predominantly aggressive, violent, cruel, selfish, greedy, competitive and exploitative. And it helps us envision and create a society that is caring, less conflict-ridden, and more accepting of others in their otherness. Compassion, then, is one of the key components of a peaceful mind-set that enables us to place ourselves within a larger picture of human life and concerns, and to actively involve ourselves in trying to make the world a better, more peaceful place." Well said Professor!
(Fox is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Queen’s University, Canada, and Adjunct Professor, School of Humanities, University of New England, Australia)