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02005-07-22 | Uncategorized | 0 comments

From Deepak Chopra via Yahoo News:
There are causes behind every terrorist act and therefore hope that these causes can be changed, even as we continue to pursue justice. We still ignore the source of global instability: religious fundamentalism which has its roots in extreme poverty, where 50% of the world lives on $2 per day, 20% of it on less than $1 per day, a world where 8 million people die each year because they are too poor to survive.

Terrorism also festers because of a lack of education, toxic nationalism, ignorance about the outside world, and deep economic disparities. Twenty thousand children died yesterday of hunger-related causes around the world, twenty thousand will die today, and twenty thousand tomorrow. That is not part of the evening news. Why not?

The Dalai Lama (via Students for a Free Tibet)
Most of our human problems, such as hunger, poverty and inequality, do not arise out of the blue. They occur as a result of causes and conditions, many of which are within our control. This is why firm and positive leadership is important. And to be effective, leaders need to display commitment, strategy and action. Therefore, in support of the positive potential of the G8 Summit about to be held in Scotland, and the objectives of the Make Poverty History Campaign, I call upon G8 Leaders and their advisors to consider and reflect upon the consequences of their thoughts, decisions and actions. Do they and will they contribute to the well being of all human beings and the planet?


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