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Communal Harmony

Shortly after I posted the message below I read this wonderful article on the Dalai Lama’s site:

Seminar on ‘Communal Harmony – Foundation of World Peace’

“We all want to live a happy life, so we have to learn to live together in trust and mutual respect. We do have differences of race, nationality, religious faith and so on, but these differences are secondary in comparison to our equality in being human. When I heard scientists say they had evidence that basic human nature is compassionate, I thought, ‘There’s real hope.’

“Helping others brings deep satisfaction. No matter how powerful we may seem to be, our survival depends on the community. Clearly the community is crucial to individual happiness, so if we make others happy, we too derive benefit. We need to take action. However, if we act out of self-centredness, it will be difficult to be transparent, to earn others’ trust and friendship. By learning to be more warm-hearted we can create a more compassionate world.

– His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet

Life is like Photography…

Life is like photography. We develop from negatives. Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rate versoin of somebody else.

– Judy Garland

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Memory is not unlike a photograph with multiple exposures. One event it layered on top of another, so that it is impossible to distinguish between the details of the two. The older we get, the more multiple exposure memories we have. Temporal relationships become elastic. As the years progress and we experience more and more, the mini narratives that make up our lives are distorted, corrupted, so that every one of us is left with a false history, a self-created fiction about the lives we have led.
Michelle Richmond, The Year of Fog