The word “compassion” is used a lot by animal advocates and others, in terms of those suffering at human hands.
By the time it’s necessary to have compassion (sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it) there is already a victim.
While compassion is good, in that the victim needs help, it would be better to not have a victim.
To reach that state, what our species needs before compassion is empathy (the feeling that you understand and share another being’s experiences and emotions, the ability to share someone else’s feelings), which leads to decency (polite, moral, and honest behavior and attitudes that show respect for other people/other animals), justice (the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action) and fair play (a way of behaving or of treating other people/other animals that is honest and fair).
If we would simply have respect (a feeling or understanding that other beings, human or otherwise, are important and valuable, and should be treated in an appropriate way), a lot would fall into place, and we would only need compassion for those suffering for reasons not caused by us. We would drastically cut its use in conversation, since we presently account for a huge chunk of the suffering of those shaped unlike us.
And if our human lifeform truly had Love, few words would be needed at all.