The Dalai Lama actually says that taking care of others’ interests is taking care of our own interests. (What I have phrased elsewhere, after Werner Erhard, as: “My well-being depends on you being in good shape.”) The Dalai Lama looks at human diversity, tolerance, and harmony. The Dalai Lama is not absolutely fluent in English so some adjustment to his manner of speaking is necessary.
In this presentation, the Dalai Lama offers a far-reaching vision of the universal harmony that awaits in the celebration of diversity. Our future is dependent on our ability to build relationships and communities that bind us to more holistic, common aspirations. To help it grow, the Dalai Lama urges us to begin by fostering caring and respect for the many spiritual and cultural traditions in our world. Only by nurturing and teaching our children and each other, and protecting the world we share, will we move from a century of violence to a new century of dialog in which individual efforts create a mass movement toward a world of lasting peace and freedom.