Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Words of Wisdom from the Dalai Lama

Every once in a while, you come across something profound, some words of wisdom that hit you in the face with their starkness and truth. These pearls are normally found in books, in quotes from celebrities, in people's wisdom handed down the ages and various other resources (blogs? ;)). Not very often, you come across something that makes you want to change your life - the way you think, the way you behave and the way you live. These words below had a profound effect on me, for reasons i still can't fathom. Maybe because cynicism comes easily to me. Maybe because i have a thirst to learn more, in any way i can. Maybe because of the stark truth they represent.

We have bigger houses
and smaller families;
more convenience, but less time.

We have degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicine, but less healthiness.

We have been all the way to
the moon and back, but have trouble
crossing the street to
meet the new neighbour.

We built more computers to hold more information
to produce more copies than ever,
but have less communication.

We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.

These are times of fast foods,
and slow digestion;
tall man and short character;
steep profits, and shallow relationships.

It is a time when there is much in the window,
and nothing in the room.

- The XIVth Dalai Lama

What do you think?


Neeta said...

Every word of this note by the Dalai Lama reflects what mankind has done to themselves...
In this context I would certainly not call it cynicism. He speaks what he sees and somewhere deep down inside we know that it IS the truth.
We have built global networks but when we visit a cyber cafe we chat with someone who is millions of miles away and do not even consider talking to the gentleman in the next cubicle who is physically, culturally and socially more close to us.
Ironic, how we dismiss Grandma's old health tips as superstitions and then go buy expensive 'Organic vegetables' from the 'Exclusive Organic Store'.
It's sad that we are slogging away in centrally air-conditioned offices to hoard money and we can't spare a weekend for the people we love
We build palacial bungalows for ouselves and come back 'home' only to sleep...
We see this happening, each day and everyday...but either we choose to ignore it or pretend that all's well....
Perhaps we all need some introspection and an extra effort to not become a part of this rut and be a little different!