Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity. We are dependent on each other in so many ways that we can no longer live in isolated communities and ignore what is happening outside those communities.
Read the Dalai Lama’s belief that we each need to take personal responsibility for the world we live in, and why:
The universe we inhabit can be understood in terms of a living organism in which each cell works in balanced co-operation with every other cell to sustain the whole. If just one of these cells is harmed, as it is when disease strikes, that balance is harmed and there is danger to the whole.
This in turn suggests that our individual well-being is intimately connected both with that of all others and with the environment within which we live.
It also becomes apparent that our every action, our every deed, word and thought, no matter how slight or inconsequential it may seem, has an implication not only for ourselves but all others too.
Adapted from The Pocket Dalai Lama, edited by Mary Craig (Shambhala, 2002). Copyright (c) 2002 by Mary Craig. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from The Pocket Dalai Lama, edited by Mary Craig (Shambhala, 2002).