To all our friends in this Happy Holiday Season
Based on a message by His Holiness the Dalai
London, UK - 15 December 2004, 18:30 GMT - Many people seem to be
excited about Christmas and the New Year and rightly so. 2005 itself will
be nothing special unless we work together to make it so. As we enter into
the new year things will be the same; there will be nothing unusual. However,
if we really want 2005 to be happier, more peaceful and more harmonious for
humankind, we will have to make the effort to make it so. This is in our hands,
but especially in the hands of the younger generation.
We have had many experiences during the last century - constructive as well
as extremely destructive ones. We must learn from these experiences. We need
to approach 2005 more holistically, with more openness and farsightedness.
If we are going to make the right kind of efforts to make the future of the
world better, I believe the following matters are of great importance:
1. While engaging in material progress and taking care of physical well-being,
we need to pay equal attention to developing peace of mind and thus taking
care of the internal aspect of our being.
2. Along with education, which generally deals only with academic accomplishments,
we need to develop more altruism and a sense of caring and responsibility
for others in the minds of the younger generation studying in various educational
institutions. This can be done without necessarily involving religion. One
could therefore call this "secular ethics," as it in fact consists
of basic human qualities such as kindness, compassion, sincerity and honesty.
3. This past century in some ways has been a century of war and bloodshed.
It has seen a year-by-year increase in defence spending by most countries
in the world. If we are to change this trend we must seriously consider the
concept of non-violence, which is a physical expression of compassion. In
order to make non-violence a reality we must first work on internal disarmament
and then proceed to work on external disarmament. By internal disarmament
I mean ridding ourselves of all the negative emotions that result in violence.
External disarmament will also have to be done gradually, step by step. We
must first work towards total demilitarisation throughout the world. In the
process of doing this we also need to work towards stopping the arms trade,
which is still very widely practiced because it is so lucrative. When we do
all these things, we can then hope to see in 2005 a year-by-year decrease
in the military expenditure of the various nations and a gradual working towards
demilitarisation. Human problems will, of course, always remain, but the way
to resolve them should be through dialogue and discussion. This century should
be a century of dialogue and discussion rather than one of war and bloodshed
4. We need to address the issue of the gap between the rich and the poor,
both globally and nationally. This inequality, with some sections of the human
community having abundance and others on the same planet going hungry or even
dying of starvation, is not only morally wrong but practically also a source
of problems. Equally important is the issue of freedom. As long as there is
no freedom in many parts of the world there can be no real peace and in a
sense no real freedom for the rest of the world.
5. For the sake of our future generations, we need to take care of our earth
and of our environment. Environmental damage is often gradual and not easily
apparent, and by the time we become aware of it, it is generally too late.
Since most of the major rivers flowing into many parts of southeast Asia originate
from the Tibetan plateau, it will not be out of place to mention here the
crucial importance of taking care of the environment in that area.
"The 21st century should be a century of dialogue and discussion rather
than one of war and bloodshed"
6. Lastly, one of the greatest challenges today is the population explosion.
Unless we are able to tackle this issue effectively we will be confronted
with the problem of the natural resources being inadequate for all the human
beings on this earth. We need to seriously look into these matters that concern
us all if we are to look forward to the future with some hope.
We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
DK and the mi2g team
DK Matai, Executive
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