Simplify Your Belief System
The Dalai Lama has reduced his belief system to the following fundamental facts:
- I am a human being.
- I want to be happy and I don’t want to suffer.
- Other human beings, like myself, also want to be happy and don’t want to suffer.
Now imagine if everyone in the world adopted this belief system. Would there be any wars, conflicts, or other afflictions caused by humans? Would we offer to help neighbors in need — regardless of nationality, race, religion, economic status, or sexual orientation — because just like us, they want to be happy and don’t want to suffer?
Now imagine you adopted this belief system. How would it change your values and the way you spend your time?