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You could say that the Dalai Lama is a pretty interesting guy. After all, his stance on extraterrestrial life is far more open-minded than you’d expect from a religious figure, and when asked what surprises him the most in a recent interview, he offered this insightful response: “Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not 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.”

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It’s a powerful message, and one that is worth taking a moment to truly consider.

Everything Is Backwards on Earth!

We do so many things backwards here. We go about our lives in such a destructive manner on so many levels, and then just use money to fix it. In order to get that money, we have to work most of our days at jobs we, for the most part, don’t even like, damaging our health that we now work to earn money to repair. We do this while thinking of all the toys we can buy to distract us from the jobs we hate, or the retirement we want to take us away from work that we may never actually reach because we’ve ignored our health and happiness for so long. It appears as though we live to work more than anything else here, and have essentially enrolled in a kind of slavery we don’t even recognize we’ve entered.

The Dalai Lama’s quote and what it inspires within me reminds me of another quote that sums up this paradox beautifully.

“Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.”

– Michael Ellner

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This may be very obvious to you or it may come as a surprise, and you might think to yourself, What do you mean? None of those things are true. To that I would respond, look around you; truly look at how each one of the things mentioned in that quote operate and you will begin to see how accurately it describes our society today.

Legitimate Quote?

I came across this Dalai Lama quote a little while back, but I decided to do some research to ensure it actually came from him. In all likelihood he did say these words, but the exact translation might be different.

Nevertheless, whether he said it or not, this is a great message for us to take five minutes to think about. After all, it may make us look at a few things in our lives differently, and that is always worthwhile.


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