Does Love and Compassion Dominate Our Lives?

Current World Population

Current World Population (Photo credit: Digital Dreams)

As I was working on my writing today, I came across this great quote from the Dalai Lama:

“We humans have existed in our present form for about a hundred thousand years.  I believe that if during this time the human mind had been primarily controlled by anger and hatred, our overall population would have decreased.  But today, despite all our wars, we find that the human population is greater than ever.   This clearly indicates to me that love and compassion predominated in the world.  And this is why unpleasant events are “news”; compassionate activities are so much a part of daily life that they are taken for granted and, therefore, largely ignored.”

Personally, I believe he is on to something.  My belief in the love and compassion within the vast majority of humans gives me hope that as time goes on we will find better ways to live with each other and the earth.

What about you?

Does the Dalai Lama’s logic make sense to you?

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11 thoughts on “Does Love and Compassion Dominate Our Lives?

    • Karen Wan says:

      It’s not always easy to see love and compassion at work in the world, which is one of the reasons I found this observation to be so thought provoking.

  1. stuartart says:

    I’m with you AND him – there are far more acts of love in the world than hate. We must stay positive, so many people I know get sucked into the media negativity and think the world is ‘going to hell in a handbasket’. I’m glad I’m not one of them – how miserable!

    • Karen Wan says:

      Personally, I avoid watching too much of the media because it can get me feeling like there is only doom and gloom in the world. At the same time, I don’t want to be immune to the pain and suffering in the world, which is real, but not the overall trend. Like you, I believe we need to remain positive while working as hard as we can to be more loving and compassionate and do what we can to support the movement towards more understanding and peace in the world.

  2. eof737 says:

    I’ve always believed that the world we live in is sustained by the goodwill and blessings of considerate people. Their prayers and actions lift us all up.

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