Compassion and the World
Individual happiness can contribute in a profound and effective way to the overall improvement of our entire human community.
Because we all share an identical need for love, it is possible to feel that anybody we meet, in whatever circumstances, is a brother or sister. No matter how new the face or how different the dress and behavior, there is no significant division between us and other people. It is foolish to dwell on external differences, because our basic natures are the same.
Ultimately, humanity is united as one and this small planet is our only home. If we are to protect this home of ours, each of us needs to experience a vivid sense of universal altruism. It is only this feeling that can remove the self-centered motives that cause people to deceive and misuse one another.
If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self-worth, confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others. This is the beginning of your own spiritual metamorphosis and the key to harmony in our lives.
I believe that in every level of society, familial, national and international, the key to a happier and more successful world is compassion. We do not need to become religious, nor do we need to believe in an ideology. All that is necessary is for each of us to develop our good human qualities. The qualities of empathy, humanity, compassion and truth may all just start with a smile.
I try to great everyone I meet as a friend. I try to treat each old friend as if it were the first time we have met. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness. It is the practice of compassion.