Today, there is too strong a sense of ‘us’ and ‘them’. There’s too much sense of ‘my friends’ or ‘my enemy’. But we can change that. I’m committed to the idea of the oneness of humanity. As human beings we are all the same. What’s more we all have to live together on this planet.
People today may feel anxious about the future, but we can take strength from the fact that more and more of us are genuinely concerned to protect the environment, taking account of the welfare of the whole of humanity, as well as the health of the planet, our only home.
Our lives depend on hope. If you have hope, you’ll be able to overcome problems you face. But if you’re without hope, your difficulties will increase. Hope is linked to compassion and loving kindness.
Everybody knows that love and compassion are important. Now the time has come when we’re experiencing the limitations of material values. We’re facing many unnecessary problems. So gradually we’re returning to our basic human values with a new appreciation.
We need to learn to manage our emotions and achieve inner peace. Our education should include an understanding of how to achieve peace of mind. Education should teach us how to live properly, how to balance our wish for physical comfort with mental comfort.
I often say that we should eliminate the notion of ‘them’. ‘We’ should be enough; the whole world is part of ‘us’. This isn’t some kind of old-fashioned way of thinking, or an altruistic forgetting of your own interests. I want happiness and in order to achieve that, I need you.
Why do we need compassion? Experience tells us that it brings inner strength. It also benefits others and we face many unnecessary problems when we lack it. To understand this we must develop a holistic way of seeing the bigger picture, which means we must use our intelligence.
We must nurture positive things. Positive emotions are really a benefit to yourself and others. Warmheartedness and a sense of responsibility clearly have an important role in modern society, in every field. Training can make a difference, so we need to plan a better education.
We have a basic instinct for compassion, but we need to develop it. Concern for others is related to human rights and everyone needs to be assured of their human rights because everyone wants and has a right to be happy.