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Category: Wisdom

Humanity

The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

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DailyGood

See this site: http://www.dailygood.org/

What else to be?

“For myself, I am an optimist–it does not seem much use being anything else.” –Winston Churchill

StoryCorps

Check out StoryCorps! Here is a description from their website:

StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, and millions listen to our weekly broadcasts on NPR’s Morning Edition and on our Listen pages.

On Compassion

An especially good observation, one that I hope this blog communicates–compassion is more than charity:

“True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves, but from realizing our kinship with all beings.” –Pema Chodron

Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, brought his laughter all the way to Providence to give the 86th Stephen A. Ogden, Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs today. The speech was called “A Global Change: Creating a Culture of Peace.”

Funny memory: His humor is beautiful — particularly memorable was his talk of baldness. He prompted laughter from the audience over explanation of the two competing tufts of hair on either side of his head.

Nice memory: I wasn’t taking copious notes, but I recall that he said something like, “This 21st century should be the century of dialogue,” which I liked a lot.

Awkward memory: Unfortunately his last two words sounded too much like “F*** it,” though it is safe to assume that he intended to say “Forget it.” Oddly enough, the translator writing subtitles for the audience chose the former… I am sure the Dalai Lama would laugh very hard at that one.

Half the Sky

Just saw New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof speak at Brown University! Wonderful, invigorating presentation from a man doing a lot of good in this world. Kristof spoke of numerous women he has encountered through his work, expressed hope that us students would challenge ourselves to experience the new despite fear of the unknown, and presented a very nuanced reflection on just how much a difference we can make. We’ve won “the lottery of life,” he said — we’ve got a bit of responsibility to those who have not.

The Dalai Lama: Peace Through Compassion

Henry David Thoreau

Here is a wonderful 3-part series on Thoreau, a great thinker who lived peacefully, with integrity, and in harmony with nature. He stressed the importance of individual reflection and thought.

 

 

Wise Words on War

“A country cannot simultaneously prepare and prevent war.” –Albert Einstein

Brain Pickings

Brain Pickings is a must-read from Maria Popova for those who care about anything interesting! Subscribe for emails, check out recommended books, find some wise words, enjoy learning about life, love, writing… Here is the websites’ description:

Brain Pickings is a human-powered discovery engine for interestingness, culling and curating cross-disciplinary curiosity-quenchers, and separating the signal from the noise to bring you things you didn’t know you were interested in until you are.

 

Peace Within and With Others

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.” –Peace Pilgram Quotes

Here are more quotes on peace from the website I found this one on.

Solitude

A man can be himself only so long as he is alone; if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom; for it is only when he is alone that he is really free. – Arthur Schopenhauer

Quiet is peace. Tranquility. Quiet is turning down the volume knob on life.  Silence is pushing the off button. Shutting it down. All of it. – Khaled Hosseini,  Amir in The Kite Runner

Work is not always required. There is such a thing as sacred idleness. – George MacDonald

These quotes are thanks to Steve McCurry’s beautiful collection of images and quotes on solitude and silence.

MLK Quote

“World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point.” -Martin Luther King, December 1964

War Quote

“War has a look. It is the bloody and anonymous bodies. It is the billowy mushroom cloud, the wall of flame rising from a forest that’s been napalmed, the sky of Kuwait blackened by oil fires.” -William Tsutsui, Japanese-American historian