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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Love is the extremely difficult realisation that something other than oneself is real. Love, and so art and morals, is the discovery of reality.

Iris Murdoch

As much as we’d like everything to meet our needs and desires, there is thing called reality that artists and writers struggle to understand.

Psychologists tell us that babies feel that life is all about them and their needs, and when we get older we must embrace the reality that the world does not revolve around us.  Murdoch seems to be saying the same thing in this quote that I found in a wonderful collection of quotes about love in the book The Spirit of Loving.

Yet, the discovery of something other than oneself can be more than a process of growing up.  It can be a liberation and an expansion of our spirit and talents. The magic of discovering we are part of something beyond our individual self teaches us that we have the power to create reality for more than ourselves.

We have the choice to love, the choice to create art, and the choice to live by morals or standards that are good for the collective.

How are you choosing to love, live and create art today?