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The Dalai Lama: "Even in these modern times it is clear that one's precious life is not safe. No former generation has had to experience so much bad news as we face today; this constant awareness of fear and tension should make any sensitive and compassionate person question seriously the progress of our modern world."

Promoting peace, compassion and tolerance, the Dalai Lama is also the spiritual leader of millions of people, 05/11/09. (photo: Phil Borges/National Geographic)
Promoting peace, compassion and tolerance, the Dalai Lama is also the spiritual leader of millions of people, 05/11/09. (photo: Phil Borges/National Geographic) your social media marketing partner


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+13 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-25 05:07
The wise words of the Dalai Lama remind me that we are the people we have chosen to be...which speaks so poorly for us. So many of us have violated the spirit of our own religions, our values and our ethics that we must seriously question now just who we are and to face that honestly and fothrightly. We could aspire to being a great people. We could aspire to being the model of justice, compassion and peace for the world and not the greatest threat to world safety. We could decide that aspiring to be the most powerful, brutal and dangerous military power on earth is far beneath our ability to achieve lasting greatness. Our collective inhumanity damns us to a future of greater and greater suffering, not only across the world but right here at home as well. We must aspire to greatness or be damned. We can still decide. Let's resolve to try harder and do so NOW while we can.
How? One neighborhood at a time. It's time to get busy.
+9 # genierae 2010-12-25 07:40
Thank you, Dalai Lama, for your heartfelt remarks. What should be stressed is that all religions are rooted in the same basic principles of compassion, sharing and love. Instead, especially in Christianity, we have a competition for worldly power between churches, to see who gets the most attention, thus the most money. What was once rooted in the spiritual, is now firmly mired in the material world, and has lost sight of the common good of all that lives.
+4 # Mycos 2010-12-25 16:43
Until man realises the presence among us of an evolutionary "artifact" compelling the extremely dysfunctional (now supremely dangerous) behavioral pattern that sociologist know as the "authoritarin leader-follower embrace", then all the good ideas ever spoken by gods and men will come to naught.
Read Dr. Altemeyer's "The Authoritarians" for a description of why they cannot...will not change theur behavior no matter how obvious or imperitive it must seem to all around them.
And now technology has leapt so far ahead of our social developement that continuing to simply rely on natures ability to deal dysfunctional personalities that it would be suicidal to not kick the "selection process" into an artificially accelarated rate.
Either that or allow nuke-weilding neanderthals to deal with AGW denal, while they advance creationism at school while sitting at home waiting to be Raptured away from any "librul"-create d problems like that regardless.
+4 # Mycos 2010-12-25 16:09
You mention many things that may work should mankind's leaders ever be convinced of their importance.

But within the population of every nation, every society are people whose ability to process new ideas challenging preconceptions on God, peace, poverty, simply doesn't exist.

Limited developemnt during critical phases of a childs life impairs their ability to percieve the world the way the rest of us take for granted. That makes it impossible for other messages to change the typical RWA-SDO worldview of man as being forever locked into lives of "dominate or be dominated". A high need NFC (Need For Closure) compels them toward "good vs evil" wars. Repeated studies over decades show us that authoritarians also correlates strongly with membership in politically conservative groups or parties. We also still allow them to dominate our police and military forces despite their strong willingness to use terrorism. Often strongly religious, they also are the most racist or homophobic types we know of, and those most willing to use violence against strangers if a leader tells them to.
+5 # genierae 2010-12-26 07:36
This world is coming undone, all that ignorant man has created, is coming apart. The material world, uninformed by the spiritual, will not survive. We must begin to question just who we really are, and look within to find the answer.
-3 # Jeciron 2010-12-27 06:47
Just wondering, Who elected this man?
+2 # Daniel Fletcher 2010-12-27 19:09
Quoting Jeciron:
Just wondering, Who elected this man?

...and that has, what exactly, to do with the validity of his message? And who elected the Pope? Who elected your minister, if you have one? What a trite comment Jeciron. I'd say his millions of followers are quite happy with him...which is also irrelevant to the virtues of his statement.
Can we be mature enough to consider the merits of ideas on their own or must we denigrate these ideas because we don't approve of the messenger? Grow up.
-3 # geraldom 2010-12-27 20:26
The Dalai Lama is an idealist. He believes that Bush & Obama have legitimate humanitarian & security concerns & goals in our illegal wars of aggression & occupation of both Afghanistan & Iraq, & in our attacks in Pakistan, & our threatened attack against Iran.

What the Dalai Lama fails to realize, & what he doesn't want to see, is that Bush's & Obama's real agenda is America's forcible takeover of the world, politically, economically, & militarily, & it has very little to do with humanitarian or security concerns, unless you want to consider the humanitarian & security interests for the powerful multinational corporations' corporate interests.

The Dalai Lama has to understand that the end goals of the U.S., which entail only greed & power & has absolutely nothing to do with security or humanitarian concerns, are based on the adage that the end justifies the means, and if the means requires mass murder of innocent indigenous civilians, genocide, in order to establish U.S. superiority & control in the world, then so-be-it.

The Dalai Lama is living in a dream world & he needs to wake up to reality, that world is controlled by evil & not by good.

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