You could say that the Dalai Lama is a pretty interesting guy, after all his stance on extraterrestrial life is quite interesting.

During an interview the Dalai Lama was asked what surprises him the most, his response was quite mind-altering.

“Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”

Pretty striking and powerful stuff if you really take it in.

Sure, it’s easy to read this quote and move on to another page or video or whatever we may be doing, but if you truly take the time to let this reverberate in your conscious mind for a few minutes, the true meaning and profoundness of what he’s saying will kick in.

Everything Is Backwards On Earth!

We do so many things backward here. We go about our lives in such a destructive manner on so many levels, only to use the money to fix it.

In order to get that money we have to work most of our days at jobs we, for the most part, don’t like -which of course is not good for your health, to begin with. We do all this while thinking of all the toys we can buy with the money or saving for retirement that we may never make it to.

It appears as though we live to work more than anything else here. In a sense, we are like slaves only we don’t know it.

The Dalai Lama’s quote and what it inspires within me reminds me of one of my favorite quotes that I feel sums up how we do things here in such a beautiful way.

“Just look at us. Everything is backward, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.” – Michael Ellner

This may be very obvious to you or it may come as a surprise to you and you might think, what do you mean? None of those things are true. To that, I would respond, look around, truly look at how each one of the things mentioned in that quote operates and you will notice very quickly the shear truth that exists within those words.

Legitimate Quote?

I came across this Dalai Lama quote a little while back but I decided to do some back-checking to find out where this quote came from to make sure it was legit.

What I was able to find was that it is likely the Dalai Lama that said this, but that the exact words/translation might be slightly different given his lack of a fluent English vocabulary.

Either way, whether he said it or not, this is a great message for us to take five minutes to think about. After all, it may make us look at a few things in our lives differently.

Author Bio: Joe Martino I created CE 5 years ago and have been heavily at it since. I love inspiring others to find joy and make changes in their lives. Hands down the only other thing I am this passionate about is baseball.

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Murali Thurairajah


  2. Nora Perez

    The Great Observer <3

  3. Hugh Yonn

    Both the Dalai Lama and Michael Ellner quotes are excellent…
    Many thanks for a terrific article…

  4. Yash Kumar

    Great article!

  5. Nelson Manrique

    Hi,to my knowledge I like to say, the greatest mans power tools is the “silent”…!?

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