May all beings have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all beings have happiness free of suffering.
May all beings be free of holding some close and others distant, attached to some and adverse to others, may they be impartial to all.
Because bias, bigotry and scapegoating are increasing, not decreasing. Because differences between have and have not are increasing, not decreasing. Because this leads to suffering. Divisive attitude only increases the suffering on the long run.
We cannot change the world, but we can strengthen our values, and we have to do it when the world does not revolve in an ethical direction. If we want to swim against the stream, we have to be strong. It’s easy to divide, saw discontent and blame, it’s easy to thoughtlessly behave like everybody else does, it’s easy to be a follower or to live from a day to day without a goal, but it is much harder to define one’s own ethical goal, to take responsibility on one's own shoulders and to pursue it regardless the circumstances. Yet, on the long run, the easy path is the hardest and the hard one is much more meaningful and joyful.
People are not always right (see any war time). Authorities are not always right (see any abuse of power, including religious). At the end, we alone are responsible for our lives, so we have to strengthen our values and our understanding to lead our lives towards our goals, otherwise we might end where we do not want to end. In Buddhism, this implies study. Knowing dharma well is the antidote against fooling ourselves, against doubts, fears and other causes of suffering, as well as a tool of strengthening and sharpening our mind, determination, compassion, patience, and other virtues that support our path. We have possibility to do so now. The conditions for it will not last forever.
- Ani Wangmo