Thursday, September 24, 2009
Whether it’s the debate over health care reform, gay rights legislation, or the age old battle over abortion, the need for compassion toward one another is something that’s been weighing on my heart as of late. That’s why, when I heard the following comments from the Dalai Lama’s International Freedom Award acceptance speech, I smiled from ear to ear.
“Whether you believe this religion or that religion, we are all the same human beings,” said the Dalai Lama. “We all come from the same mother. That creates the basis for compassion.”
You may disagree vehemently with someone’s views. But the name-calling, accusations, and violence that seem to have reached a deafening decibel on so many issues do nobody any good. Thank you Dalai Lama for reminding us what being on this earth is really about.
Oh, and he called himself a feminist! “Isn’t that what you call someone who fights for women’s rights?” he said to a cheering crowd.
Favorite person of the week.