Everybody grows up with different circumstances. Some people are born into the elite with highly-religious helicopter parents, some are born into poverty-stricken, detrimental home environment situations, and well, the list goes on.
Through improving our great compassion we will eventually achieve the universal compassion of a Buddha, which actually has the power to protect all living beings from suffering. In this way, cherishing others leads us to the ultimate, supreme goal of human life.
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso ~ Transform Your Life (Tharpa Publications)