Is World Peace Possible?
This post is for Bloggers for peace. Here is the link: We Can Make a Difference–Right Here, Right Now by Kozo Hattori
Why is there no peace in our world? Are we failing as a race? Part of the problem may be that we hear about every bit of violence through news networks in the loudest ways.
I want to promote a piece the Dalai Lama has written about a human approach to world peace. He says:
There is no doubt about the increase in our material progress and technology, but somehow this is not sufficient as we have not yet succeeded in bringing about peace and happiness or in overcoming suffering.
I think that’s a sad fact about our way of living. Sometimes the worst people rise to the top and get to make the most important decisions about society. We should be striving for peace and happiness, not just more money for the wealthy. ‘I’m all right jack, keep your hands off my stack.’ is not a good ethos.
I like what the Dalai Lama says about universal responsibility. It is important not to use others for your self interest.
The premise behind this idea of universal responsibility is the simple fact that, in general terms, all others’ desires are the same as mine. Every being wants happiness and does not want suffering. If we, as intelligent human beings, do not accept this fact, there will be more and more suffering on this planet. If we adopt a self-centred approach to life and constantly try to use others for our own self-interest, we may gain temporary benefits, but in the long run we will not succeed in achieving even personal happiness, and world peace will be completely out of the question.
He talks more about compassion and unselfishness as pillars of peacefulness and I think the piece is well worth reading. You can find it here: http://www.dalailama.com/messages/world-peace/a-human-approach-to-peace