The Dalai Lama spoke some encouraging words during a speech in Toronto the other day.
His message is one that resonates because it reminds us that we are all linked together.
The Dalai Lama told his audience that one of the keys to peace in the world is good bonding, especially early in life. Maternal affection during infancy, he said, helps children have a warm-hearted approach to others. This eventually contributes to peaceful cities and peaceful nations.
"A healthy community must start from individuals," he was quoted as saying in the Toronto Globe and Mail.
"Today's reality [is that] everything is dependent and interconnected. Whether you love others or not, your existence depends on them, so you should consider others part of yourself."
The Dalai Lama encouraged his audience to "make this century the century of dialogue."
May it be so.