Thursday, May 2, 2013

Professional COMM 5/2: Dalai Lama on Peace

"When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us. When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighbouring communities, and so on." - Dali Lama

How true. I find this quote to be simple yet enlightening. What if the change the world needs is really just as simple as CHILLING OUT and loving your neighbor? Would you be willing to do it? Or are you so wrapped up in your own apathy and cynicism that you are incapable of caring about anything other than keeping up the web of lies that sustains you in a permenant state of helplessness?

This Dali Lama has a great deal of wisdom to convey to us if we only care enough to listen and follow his advice critically. I feel like the essence of his message (in this quote and in general) is that we should not look for change to come outside of us, but realize that if anything is going to be different it will happen from the inside out. Who else, after all, would be to blame if you wasted this life in trivial pursuits? Let's quit whining, pointing fingers, and wallowing in the expectations of the past. Peace is a decision, not a gift or a deus ex machina.

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