Universal Responsibility

Because we all share this small planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. That is not just a dream, but a necessity. We are dependent on each other in so many ways, that we can no longer live in isolated communities and ignore what is happening outside those communities, and we must share the good fortune that we enjoy.

Today we are truly a global family. What happens in one part of the world may affect us all.... As interdependents, therefore, we have no other choice than to develop what I call a sense of universal responsibility.

--from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama’s Nobel Lecture, December 11, 1989

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