Converse One And All

Social NetworkingWe are surrounded by communication, we are all connected, to a greater or lesser degree, to almost every other human being on the planet. So when it might be nice to have a quiet moment of contemplation occasionally , we should embrace the sentiment in Sensei’s message …

The age when silence was considered an indication of wisdom is over. This is an age of the people, an age of dialogue, a time when people must share their opinions and thoroughly discuss things. To withdraw into an isolated world of quiet contemplation leads to defeat in life.

Syria, The Next Iraq?

Freedom For SyriaWith Western leaders sabre rattling at the UN, will any meaningful action spiral into an all out attack on the Syrian government, given time?

Whilst nobody would condone the use of chemical weapons, by whoever deployed them, the use of force, to alter the balance of power, could so easily get out of hand.

The emotions and politics being shown by all sides, with China and Russia playing devil’s advocate against the holier-than-thou Western allies, could drag us into another Iraq, with or without a mandate from the United Nations.

Surely this is a time to resort to all out conversation, to bring all sides to the table and to act like civilised human beings, not charge in like Genghis Khan. I’m sure there are many arms dealers who are rubbing their hands at the prospect of another full scale conflict, but words are the only sensible way to forge any kind of lasting peace.

So let us pull our horns in, and as John Lennon said … ‘Give Peace a Chance’

My Hero

His Holiness The Dalai LamaI was privileged to be able to listen to a talk and a Q&A session from His Holiness The Dalai Lama today, live on “The Culture of Compassion” from Ebrington Plaza in Derry, Northern Ireland. His Holiness, who is patron of the Children in Crossfire charity, showed his abundance of compassion and humility in a most moving gathering of like minded people.

His message revolved around using our hearts and minds, rather than guns and bombs, to create a world where everyone has a place, and a role in making the world a peaceful and wonderful place to live.

He touched on the painful subject of the gap between rich and poor, a problem that exists in every country on earth, but which is more acute in some than in others. He talked about the responsibility of the rich to help the poor and also the responsibility of the poor to make stronger efforts to improve their own lot through learning.

You can see videos of the entire event here. The video of the talk and the Q&A session is here.

The Dalai Lama is an amazing man, albeit a man in a privileged position, but one who instils an atmosphere of peace, love and happiness, but above all hope for the future. He is a brilliant example of how we should react to those around us, but there is no doubt, that he is just a man, and that we can be just like him with practice.

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