We MUST stop killing each other! “He wanted to kill white people” isn’t something “he” just thought up—it has been festering for some time. But….the blatant racism on all sides must end. We must learn to at least tolerate each other without resentment. Learning to love each other would be better. “Teach your children well (better)!”
In keeping with this personal philosophy, I sought out the words of the Dalai Lama and quote him here:
“Whether one believes in religion or not, there is no one who does not appreciate love and compassion. Right from the moment of our birth, we are under the care and kindness of our parents; later in life, when facing the sufferings of disease and old age, we are again dependent on the kindness of others. If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon others’ kindness, why, then, in the middle should we not act kindly towards others?
The development of a kind heart (a feeling of closeness for all human beings) does not involve the religiosity we normally associate with conventional religious practice. It is not only for people who believe in religion, but is for everyone regardless of race, religion, or political affiliation. It is for anyone who considers himself or herself, above all, a member of the human family and who sees things from this larger and longer perspective. This is a powerful feeling that we should develop and apply; instead, we often neglect it, particularly in our prime years when we experience a false sense of security.”
“I have written the above lines
To tell my constant feeling.
Whenever I meet even a ‘foreigner’,
I have always the same feeling:
‘I am meeting another member of the human family.,
This attitude has deepened
My affection and respect for all beings.
May this natural wish be
My small contribution to world peace.
I pray for a more friendly,
More caring, and more understanding
Human family on this planet.
To all who dislike suffering,
Who cherish lasting happiness –
This is my heartfelt appeal.”
There are times we need to stand up for ourselves, even defend ourselves, but,the Dalai Lama’s philosophy is very simple: If everyone were kind to everyone the problems would disappear! Be kind always!
Beautiful thoughts, Ellen. Thank you. —Jeanne
“My religion is kindness.” Dalai Lama