The focus of the month is compassion, and compassion is but the golden rule. Do unto others what you wish would be done unto you. It does not set conditions or segregate by lists or qualify by certain criteria. Do unto others-- all others. To practice compassion then means that we have to let go of the divide that exists in our hearts of who deserves care and consideration. To practice compassion then means that we have to let go of the idea that there are two or more lists or groups, and we treat one group differently from the other.
All war ever waged in history is because of this division, this mentality that one group is more important than the other. The only way we can stop external violence is to start to build compassion internally, to be guided by an internal compass of connectedness. When we decide that we will no longer live with different standards for different beings, that we will no longer discriminate and hate, that we will no longer pick and choose who deserves care and understanding, then the seed of compassion will inevitably grow. We then respect the golden rule-- do unto others-- and embrace it completely and unconditionally.