A few thoughts about universal responsibility:
The world is becoming increasingly interdependent. Within the context of this new interdependence, self-interest clearly lies in considering the interest of others. Without the cultivation and promotion of a sense of universal responsibility our very future is in danger. – Dalai Lama.
Universal responsibility is the best foundation both for our personal happiness and for world peace, the equitable use of our natural resources and, through a concern for future generations, the proper care for the environment. Many of the world’s problems and conflicts arise because states and individuals have lost sight of the basic humanity that binds us all together as a human family. As politicians are running states, it tends to be forgotten that despite the diversity of race, religion, culture, language, ideology and so forth, people are equal in their basic desire for peace and happiness. As human beings, we all know that we need to have better relations and better understandings. Although world communities, researchers and many thinkers know about it, it’s rarely our practice.
Today, human civilisation has entered the new millennium with many aliments such as economic crises, political distrust and social confusions, environmental problems, psychological depressions, nuclear disasters, and so on… Those problems and disasters have been created by human beings and cannot be ignored. If we consider about our future generations and our world community survival, we should find a way to solve these problems and disasters.
Dr. Samael Aun Weor, a thinker of social sciences and anthropology, once said that there are a number of events and negative external problems, but the reason for those negative problems lies internally. It explains that disasters, crises and problems are showing themselves externally, but the reasons and foundations are internal. So, our internal states today should require human beings to think twice. International communities and states do a lot for the world community, but we are missing the internal sense or understanding of universalism by responsibility.
I, therefore, suggest that states need more awareness of human responsibility toward a universal optimism of the world.
We cannot call all of the world community to become a Buddhist or believe in karma, dharma and reincarnation. However, everybody can have enough sense to protect nature with its components and sustain responsibility toward our future creatures and generations. It’s natural, as given our ancestors provided us a place to live today. The conclusion is the world community needs to look for the greater motivation to modern problem solving and for future generations.
So, any human action, whether the result is positive or negative, largely depends on motivation. If the motivation is sincere then every human action can be positive – including political initiatives. If our motivation is not adequate or pure, even religion becomes smeared. It’s a motivation and attitude for optimism, with its sense of acting for the world community as a family. Sincere motivation for the benefit of others and greater sense of responsibility is the approach of Dalai Lama for world community, diplomacy and nation states.
The most secure foundation for a new world order is not simply broader political and economic alliances, but each individual’s genuine practice of love and compassion. These qualities are the ultimate source of human happiness, and our need for them lies at the very core of our being. The practice of compassion is not idealistic, but the most effective way to pursue the best interests of others as well as our own. The more we become interdependent the more it is in our own interest to ensure the well-being of others.
Morally, as beings of higher intelligence, we must care for this world. The other inhabitants of the planet, insects and so on, do not have the means to save or protect this world. Our other responsibility is to undo the serious environmental degradation that is the result of incorrect human behaviour. We have recklessly polluted the world with chemicals and nuclear waste, selfishly consuming many of its resources. Humanity must take the initiative to repair and protect the world.
And more over, we are all human and we all want a better and peaceful world. So the proper motivation is that care for the other’s interest is urgent. The world leaders and nation states should encourage innovative dialogue on the ways in which members of the public can strengthen the peace process through people-to-people and leaders to leaders. They should encourage proper motivation which is based on the greater sense of universal responsibility. It’s not only about a religious approach; it’s the urgent need to deal with current problems which can erase the entire human existence.
We in world politics only talk and know about rights. Now it’s an urgent time to consider the “Human Responsibility”, “Nations Responsibility” and “World as a Global Responsibility”.
It’s the only way to save humanity, nations and global survival.
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