LOVE AND COMPASSION ARE NECESSITIES, NOT LUXURIES. WITHOUT THEM HUMANITY CANNOT SURVIVE… I FIND HOPE IN THE DARKEST OF DAYS, AND FOCUS ON THE BRIGHTEST. I DO NOT JUDGE THE UNIVERSE… OUR PRIME PURPOSE IN THIS LIFE IS TO HELP OTHERS. AND IF YOU CANʼT HELP THEM, AT LEAST DONʼT HURT THEM
“One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life? . . . From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suﬀering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology aﬀects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment. . . Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.
“Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conﬂict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.
“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the beneﬁt of all beings. I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to beneﬁt others as much as I can. “Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbour ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children donʼt usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is ﬁnished. They can still play with that person the following day.”