How can we thrive in a new world if we’re focused on waiting for the old world to return?
~ Gregg Braden, The Turning Point
Can you feel that our globe is in a transition?
It seems obvious we have moved into a worldwide community. What we do affects inhabitants on the other side of the planet and vice versa. Beyond socially and economically, this includes climate change – whether it is the result of pollution; increased population or a shift that happens every 5000 years.
In 1999, the Dalai Lama made a presentation to 200,000 people in Central Park, NYC. In his introduction, he gave this viewpoint. “If we looked down at the world from space, we would not see any demarcations of national boundaries. We would simply see one small planet, just one.”
He went on to express that when we draw a line on the map, it creates an ‘us’ and a ‘them’. This concept is almost no longer relevant because our neighbor’s interests are ours as well. Even though war has been a part of humanity’s history – it seems to be outdated idea. Because we are so economically and environmentally tied to each other, to cause others to suffer also creates suffering for ourselves.
The Dalai Lama goes so far as to suggest that nonviolence is not just the absence of violence – it is also involves compassion and caring. The use of dialogue verses force is the only appropriate method.
So, what can you and I do?
We start with ourselves. Develop a deeper perspective and look at challenges from a greater context. In other words, see all sides. Dialogue isn’t effective if you are only promoting your interests and cannot understand those of the other party. Compassion is not effective if you are only seeing one side of the scenario. Consider all aspects when you promote what you feel is the compassionate solution. If you are going to promote something, fully understand what it is you are promoting.
Establishing this dialogue of compassionate nonviolence and care for our environment within our family and neighborhood will create an immediate benefit. Eventually, the energy of it will spread outward.
If we are going to have a New World, let’s create it the way we want it. Don’t you agree?