And let’s keep religion out of it! That’s what the Dalai Lama said, so that’s okay with me. But I think that will be the hard part. According to a survey of some eminent neuroscientists and psychologists we can basically distill all of these emotions into five broader categories: anger, fear, disgust, sadness and enjoyment. These categories can be further refined and catalogued into a veritable Atlas of Emotions. So now when you really want to know how you feel, just go look it up online. The Dalai Lama has his own printed version that was custom made for him, and there is nothing wrong with that. After all, he is the Dalai Lama!
The Dalai Lama’s goal in all of this is to create a tool for cultivating good in the world by defeating the bad within us. He truly believes that “In the past, compassion was something of a sign of weakness, or anger a sign of power, a sign of strength. Basic human nature is more compassionate. That’s the real basis of our hope.” He wants to create more interest in our inner values, and he obviously believes that the World Wide Web (when was the last time you heard that?) can helps us reach them.
So the World Wide Web may actually help us all reach a higher spiritual plane built on more compassion for others. But understanding the world of emotions within all of us is perhaps the most important lesson that the Dalai Lama is trying to share. And he also added that in his next life, he may get the online version.
I will be working in Vietnam for the remainder of May and into the middle of June. I will not be posting a blog on Friday this week while I am traveling, but will be back online Monday. Thanks for following.