Is Self-Mastery about Conquest or Compassion?

Sir Edmund Hillary, who with Tenzing Norgay was the first to climb Mount Everest, famously said “It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Others have expressed similar sentiments: Buddha: “It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.” Plato: “The first and best victory is to conquer self.” Napoleon Hill: “The