I’d like to share here some of the interesting links I’ve read recently:
This one is the less covered story about ordinary and good Indian men. After all the nasty stories we’ve read, this comes as a breath of fresh air and points out all the nice qualities Indian man have. With a great father, brother, cousins, grandpas and uncles who care very deeply about my family, I know this side of the Indian man personally. The article emphasises the importance of community and acceptance in a family and society as major factors which influence a man’s behaviour. As the Dalai Lama said in his New York lecture about ‘The Virtue of Non-violence’ today, going by common experience, the more love and acceptance one is given, the more open and giving one tends to grow up to be.
This one is about a man who gave up money in his life and feels happier, healthier and better connected with people than ever before. I especially like how he expresses what he has learned through his experience. We chase after money and ways to show society we’ve done well for ourselves. We consume and we waste because we are so distanced from the source of what we use. We are spiritually impoverished. This article is both interesting and inspiring.
“Many people label me an anti-capitalist. Whilst I do believe capitalism is fundamentally flawed, requiring infinite growth on a finite planet, I am not anti anything. I am pro-nature, pro-community and pro-happiness. And that’s the thing I don’t get – if all this consumerism and environmental destruction brought happiness, it would make some sense. But all the key indicators of unhappiness – depression, crime, mental illness, obesity, suicide and so on are on the increase. More money it seems, does not equate to more happiness.
Ironically, I have found this year to be the happiest of my life. I’ve more friends in my community than ever, I haven’t been ill since I began, and I’ve never been fitter. I’ve found that friendship, not money, is real security. That most western poverty is spiritual. And that independence is really interdependence.”
I would like to have added here the speeches of the Dalai Lama in New York in the past three days. His words were kind, humorous, wonderful, inspiring, insightful and wise. But I only watched the live web streaming. I hope it will become available online soon.
Finally I’ll leave you with a sweet video.
It is an ad but people can actually be this kind.