"The human being is that space in which the comprehensive compassion that pervades the universe from the very beginning now begins to surface -- within consciousness. (As compared with the natural displays of compassion by other creatures that is not necessarily 'within consciousness.') That's the only difference. We didn't create compassion, but it's flowing through us -- or it could. The phase change that we're in seems, to me, to depend upon that comprehensive compassion unfurling in the human species."