Many people's love and compassion is very limited, and it usually extends no further than to their closest family members. Only when we have equanimity towards all sentient beings without exception, will our love and compassion truly become all-encompassing. Just how the sun shines on to our world, without ever discriminating it illuminates everything.
In the current general cultural milieu of the Western world, expression of desire allows emotions to be actively encouraged, actively stimulated, and over-blown, all within the contextual appreciation of this as something healthy.
If one has a desire, one is encouraged to fulfill it. If one has an emotion, one is encouraged to stimulate it, to bring it to development by expressing it. Generally, this is seen as a healthy thing to do, while actually, in terms of karmic development, this approach tends to create a disproportionate exaggeration of desire and attachment.
Whether we consider the individual, family, local, national or international level, peace must arise from inner peace.
For example, making prayers for peace while continuing to harbor anger is futile. Training the mind and overcoming your anger is much more effective than mere prayer. Anger, hatred and jealousy never solve problems, only affection, concern and respect can do that.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
There are signs of accomplishment, such as having good health and long life or becoming famous and influential, but these belong to the superficial type of accomplishment.
The true, unmistaken signs of accomplishment as established by the masters of the lineage, are to possess compassion, devotion and an acute sense of impermanence.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche