Posted by: Admin | October 20, 2011

Words of Wisdom – debating with the Dalai Lama

Most of us, I suggest, would read this quote by the Dalai Lama and take it at face value. As you know, I pass on these little “thoughts for the day” quite frequently, so I clearly did. It was interesting, therefore, to see the thoughtful response son no. 1 published on Facebook. I am indebted to Ben for allowing me to share this here – feel free to join the debate!

apologies for the lack of photo credit - this has been doing the rounds on Facebook and I trust it is in the public domain


Whist initially quite moved by this piece of fortune-cookie wisdom, I am forced to contend that “man” must adapt and conform to the world which we inhabit. A man who does not strive for money, and spends their life “living” will often find themselves powerless as that life is removed from them. See, for example, native americans moved to reservations in the US, Amazonian tribes moved on as the rainforest is cleared for farmland and, ironically, the Dali Lama himself – forced to leave Tibet. This is the dichotomy of modern living; how much should you “work to live?” If you don’t work you can’t live; anyone who says that “money does not buy happiness” has missed the point that it is almost impossible to be happy, in the long term, without money. 
Perhaps what he should say is this: “Life is full of trials, disappointments, wrongs and upsets, but within that there are moments of joy. If you find a moment of happiness, however fleeting, extract every ounce of goodness from it and carry it with you. Discard the bad, hold fast the good. Live well, love wholeheartedly.
On that note, I have to go… I’m going to be late for work.



  1. your son has some quite wise thoughts…and articulate as well. (Good job, Mom!)

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