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The concept of Us and Them is old : Dalai Lama

May 5, 2009

Phayul [Monday, May 04, 2009 12:25]
By Bhuchung D Sonam

Town Hall, New York City: While the grey sky drizzled endlessly, the
yellow cab wormed its way through infamous New York traffic. The first
cab took us to a wrong street and the second cab dropped us three blocks
off the destination. But the trouble was worth once we reached for the
panel discussion.

The panelists were His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet and Mary
Robinson, the former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for
Human Rights.

The 73-year-old Nobel laureate said that the changing realities demand
changed ideals and “oneness of the humanity.”

“Today the reality of our world [is] very much heavily interdependent …
the concept of we and they [is] no longer there. The entire world should
be part of we. We need a sense of global responsibility,” said the 1989
winner of Nobel peace prize.

The Tibetan leader further said that the world is still carrying old and
outdated concept that each one’s interests are independent of others,
while the reality is quite different.

Take United States for example, the Dalai Lama explained, which is the
biggest nation with the most powerful economy. But its future is
dependent on the rest of the world. “That is the reality. So treat
others as a part of yourself.”

Robinson mentioned that small organizations in the world are getting
connected with one another to form a kind of “people power.” She said
that a global campaign via internet to remove poverty has attracted over
one hundred million people world wide. This is an indication that the
desired change is possible, she said.

“I also believe in “not we and they” but of one that we have to work on.
And for ‘we’ dignity is an important component,” said Robinson.

Pico Iyer, noted author and renowned travel writer of Indian origin,
moderated the panel discussion that was organized by the Tibet Fund.
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