What is the secret to happiness according to the Dali Lama?
“More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness,” he said during a rare interview with “Politics Confidential” when asked how to sum up his philosophy for happiness in the form of a tweet.
“Self-centered attitudes,” he said, “are at the root of unhappiness and human suffering.”
“Too much self-centered attitude, you see, brings, you see, isolation,” he said. “Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.”
We Americans tend to focus on self-reliance and independence, with our extended families often living far away from one another, unlike the Asian model, where most families live in the same village, often under the same roof. Thus, moving forward, we need to be keenly aware of how important kindness, empathy, and compassion are as human values to ensure happiness within our society.
I think many Americans have forgotten this basic fact, in their efforts to protect what they have accumulated. Historically, helping others, and giving through philanthropy and Christian compassion appears to have dissolved into a new forced redistribution of wealth, and dole-state Socialism. But when compassion and empathy must be forced out of people through their government, self-centered attitudes and a lack of compassion and empathy for others are sure to follow. When one’s government becomes a corrupt and inefficient “Robin Hood,” unhappiness throughout society is sure to spread like wild-fire, because resentment is fostered rather than the good feelings one receives by giving to others personally.
Likewise, when the rich become too callous, and living conditions for the poor become so harsh, that it becomes necessary for them to use the government as a tool to force the “haves” to be less greedy so the “have-nots” can have a chance to “pursue happiness,” then government becomes a tyrannical monster that can threaten everyone’s freedoms and happiness. The solution, more personal empathy and compassion for others, and less government. This is not only a national solution, but a global one. Bureaucratic resolutions for societal problems, incite fear and anger, they are inefficient and often display a lack of compassion, and they ultimately disconnect us from meaningful relationships with our fellow man. In essence then, Socialism and Communism lead us down a path towards unlimited big-government, societal decay, and the destruction of all the best qualities in human kind. Keep this in mind the next time you vote, or see a homeless person in need.