When we talk of generating loving kindness and compassion, we are talking about the importance of the genuineness of this attitude. Authenticity is something personal, which one would know. These are times when people can fake it, externally demonstrating one thing, while, internally, something else is going on. We are talking about genuine compassion, sincerely for the benefit of others, not for the purpose of deceptive show. We must access the true resources of our minds ourselves, finding the facts that genuinely inspire one to generate loving kindness and compassion, understanding that generating loving kindness and compassion is the primary point. We must personally probe the real reasons why one should cultivate loving kindness and compassion. Having found the genuine reasons, then one can truly begin to generate the mind of loving kindness and compassion by applying the practice of tonglen, taking and sending.