How Do These Beliefs Serve Us?
Examining Our Cultural Values
When asked what surprised him most about humanity, the Dalai Lama said, “Man, because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices his month to recapture his health. Then he is so anxious about the future that he doesn’t enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future. He lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”
The Dalai Lama’s words, though poignant, imply that humanity is inherently flawed. Yet many accounts of the ways of life of cooperative cultures around the world indicate that it is possible for humans to live healthy, abundant, and joy-filled lives. Might the beliefs and values of our culture have led us here?