posted on May, 12 2009 @ 10:11 AM
"The purpose of our lives is to be happy. "
.... he goes on to say "From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that 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 helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the
principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external
development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.
“When you recognize that all beings are equal and like yourself in both their desire for happiness and their right to obtain it, you automatically
feel empathy and closeness for them. You develop a feeling of responsibility for others: the wish to help them actively overcome their problems. True
compassion is not just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, a truly compassionate attitude towards others does
not change even if they behave negatively.
“I believe that we must consciously develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. We must learn to work not just for our own individual self,
family or nation, but for the benefit of all mankind. Universal responsibility is the best foundation both for our personal happiness and for world
peace, the equitable use of our natural resources, and, through a concern for future generations, the proper care for the environment.”
[edit on 12-5-2009 by sliceNodice]