www.matthieuricard.org, Audrey's refuge.

As regards idols – singers, moviemakers, authors – Audrey had an awful lot of infatuations. Then, while committing herself in creating her charity devoted to protecting old, disabled and rejected animals, she understood that compassion is the hallmark of human greatness.


Be it the produce of the Matrix or some other genesis, humankind counts more and more soulless arrivistes who are mere heaps of organic matter with no encephalogram activity – as if sound minds were out of stock -. So, meeting a person who still owns this spark is always comforting.

The Ultimate Form of Altruism

Those who see no further than the limit of their ego consider taking care of animals as sentimentality.


Yet it does not require a superhuman comprehension effort to conceptualize the fact that witnessing any living being's martyrdom is unbearable.


Protecting the most vulnerable of vulnerable beings is the ultimate form of altruism.


This act of compassion is performed by the persons who see further than their own interest and, consequently, don't care a damm to please others.


Cultivating empathy is a source of serenity. Isn't it notorious that Matthieu Ricard, the author of A Plea for the Animals is also known as "the happiest man in the world".

Worried by the absence of animal protection in French presidential election, Matthieu Ricard supports the NGO collective, AnimalPolitique.


Because bulls are such a pleasanter view when they are happy like this one, rescued from the arena.


Voting can be something else than slide your ballot paper in the box and wash your hands of it.

So, OK, being Matthieu Ricard, Mandela or Gandhi is a full-time job. But carrying out the Gentle Paw Revolution merely consists in doing what you think is right and it also has the power to eradicate wantom cruelty.