“After all, all human beings are the same – made of human flesh, bones and blood. We all want happiness and want to avoid suffering. Further, we have an equal right to be happy. In other words, it is important to realize our sameness as human beings.” – The Dalai Lama
What would happen if you started to see people as another “you?”
- Like you, they just want to be happy and they don’t want to suffer. But they don’t necessarily know how to be happy so they engage in behaviors that bring the opposite of what they desire for themselves and others. Addiction, overeating, obsessive ambition, perfectionism – the list of confused behaviors is endless and they all stem from wanting happiness, but going about it the wrong way.
- Like you, they have unconscious, deeply rooted patterns that govern much of their behavior. Half the time, they don’t know why they do what they do or can’t control the storm of emotions that dominates their life.
- Like you, their true nature is divine. But they don’t realize it. So they take their thoughts and emotions to be real and as their entire identity. Instead they could find spaciousness and ease by recognizing thoughts as ever-changing, refusing to hold onto them, and aligning with their true essence.
Deep down, everyone is really just like you with the similar confusions and the same incredible potential for good.