The Majority View

The Dalai Lama on compassion

  • December 3, 2018

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries.  Without them humanity cannot survive.     He says that as human beings we are all the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. If our minds are at peace even physical pain will not disturb our calm. (If our minds are upset, physical comfort will not bring peace.) He advocates the cultivation of warm-heartedness and human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. He is concerned with encouraging people to be happy.

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This is not compassion

  • November 29, 2018

We are required to welcome strangers. The people running from the south to the north, many of them for months, are running from fear and danger sufficient to drive them from their homes, often with small children in tow. They all know the United States is the world’s pre-eminent nation of immigrants. And they believe the story that the United States is a place to seek a better life. At our border, they should be welcomed in the moment, and then their stories should be heard before we decide how to accept them into our nation, or not, as the case may deserve. Many people believe in God and the words...

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All you need is love

  • November 27, 2018

Compassion In essentially all religions, once you get past the rules about God, the first value that is said to be universal is compassion and respect for everyone. No one can earn respect from others if they are not compassionate and considerate toward them.* Buddha said that we must love our enemies as well, and that loving everyone, even the one who hates, is true compassion.* It can be argued that the fundamental core ethical value among humans is "The Golden Rule," which basically says “One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.” That one goes back at least...

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The Majority View

  • July 4, 2018

Most people in the United States seem to have views that derive from honesty, compassion, and a desire for fairness in human life. A minority has for many years jiggered and fiddled with the electoral system that establishes who holds state and federal public offices. This jiggering and fiddling have had the result that two of the last three presidents lost the popular vote but gained the office. As well, the minority political party holds the Senate. One result is that the minority party also controls the third branch of government, the Supreme Court. If the majority is ever to decide...

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The wrong track economy

  • July 4, 2018

Most Americans think the system is unfair This is data from 2012, and the American political matrix has changed a lot, but this is what we, as a majority, were thinking before the current era. Two-thirds of us thought the US economy was on the wrong track. Half of us thought the economic system is unfair to middle- and working-class people. In 2015, we thought the economic system favors powerful interests.

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Just a little touch of star quality

  • July 3, 2018

It's very difficult not to think of her as Eva Peron from the Bronx. Ready to storm the country. High flying, adored, what happens now, where do you go from here? For someone on top of the world, the view is not exactly clear.  

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