Compassion

“All the suffering in the world comes from seeking pleasure for oneself. All the happiness in the world comes from seeking pleasure for others” Shantideva

“I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.”
Dalai Lama XIV

Going against the grain

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This week we saw “12 Years a Slave” and were reminded of the incredible structure of oppression that existed and how difficult it was to promote anything else. These times in history have of course been numerous and I am struck by the courage of people who are able to go against the grain.

I his book “The TIpping Point,” Malcolm Gladwell asks, ” why is it that some ideas or behaviors art epidemics and others don’t?” He answers this with numerous case studies of well-placed ideas, products and even diseases that are able to go viral. The thesis of the book is encouraging though, that a few determined individuals can make great change.

This video shares an amazing story and ideals worth remembering and upholding.