The Dalai Lama today addressed thousands of followers in Melbourne Australia. His message was basic. He said we need to become more compassionate to
decrease the number of suicides and to change the world for the better.
This message is not new. We have heard this message from various religious groups for many years but it did get me thinking of the ramifications of
this change in humanity should the world take on this advice. If the human race were to become more compassionate, below are some of the possible
Homosexuality would not be an issue ever again. People would accept others sexuality and there would be no discrimination.
Feminism would work wonderfully well without the nazi end ruining it for the rest of us (I am a feminist). Men and women would have empathy for each
other and things would truly be equal (except where biologically impossible) without the bickering and carry on between men and women now.
Women and men would both be free. There would be acrimonious divorces and fair custody arrangements. Alimony would be given freely where men and women
thought it necessary given their individual circumstances (I don’t agree with Alimony in principle though I see why it is sometimes the lesser of
Men and women would be in better sexual relationships. There would be no using of each other or using sex as a weapon. There would be no rape of
Women would have ultimate say over their own reproductive health, as would men.
Children would not be molested or abused in any way. Underage children would not be targets of sexual abuse because compassionate individuals would
not wish to cause harm to a child for their own gratification. These children would be well adjusted and compassionate by nature too.
Families for the most part would stick together and be happier. Those families that break down would also be happier as each member of the family
would be treated with more empathy.
These changes would ultimately reduce suicides as there would be much less stress and depression where everyone is treated well.
Big pharma would put people’s best interests first before profit. Medication would cost much less and the medications produced would be cures rater
than symptom management. This sounds wonderful in theory however this would quickly be followed by mass pay cuts or lay-offs due to less profit.
Perhaps the companies would attempt to retain all it’s staff and go broke.
Businesses would share profits with all it employees more equally. While this sounds wonderful too, it would also result in massive economic problems.
Money would eventually become meaningless if everyone was paid more equal salaries and more businesses would fold.
The necessities in life would be free, free housing, free water and food, free electricity and free fuel. If they could not be free due to cost of
provision then they would cost very little. This would cause the collapse of the system as people wouldn’t be beholden to the powers that be for
People wouldn’t starve as a general rule. This it seems is the biggest problem that humanity would face. How would we keep a sustainable population
in a compassionate world? The people that are currently crippled by starvation and disease would reproduce when they are no longer subject to these
horrible circumstances, as would the rest of the world.
To be compassionate, would we move to restrict people’s reproductive rights for the greater good? I believe we’d have to.
The other thing I thought that was intriguing is how we would deal with people who have the urge to harm others, serial killers etc. Surely there are
some that are just born with a disorder that compels them to violence and other socially disruptive acts.
There would be some people who seem incapable of compassion for whatever reason. Would we as a compassionate society imprison them or kill them? What
would be better for us and for the individual?
What do we all think?