The great challenge of the modern era is the cultivation of kindness.
Today is a time of unprecedented material abundance.
But material abundance has not brought an end to poverty, or war, or madness, or hatred.
Material abundance is a base but never the ceiling of civilization.
Civilization is the degree of kindness amongst the people.
And spirituality is the ability to think and act kindly in the face of adversity, whether it be presented by others, by Nature, or by God.
Kindness is the ability to love someone without clinging, to give without expectation of reward and to radiate that highly attractive quality which comes from peace of mind and open heart.
Kindness is an old virtue. The ancient Sanskrit word for kindness is called maitrī, and in Buddhism, the word is mettā.
Many Buddhists believe that the cultivation of mettā is the essence of Buddhahood.
Kindness is a smile for no reason.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. ~ The 14th Dalai Lama
Kindness is strength. Unwarranted aggression, hatred, selfishness: these acts come out of fear, out of weakness, out of vulnerability.
Kindness requires presence. Kindness requires discipline. Kindness requires an open heart.
Rare is the person who has fully cultivated these three qualities.
Kindness does not aggress, but kindness is not pacifism. Kindness requires love of self, and protection of self.
Thus, where appropriate, a kind man goes to war: never to conquer, but only to defend and protect.
Kindness, above all, gives courage, and in a time of a war the kind man is the bravest warrior.
And when the war is over, the kind man has the courage to put away arms and once again honor peace.
The prince who would become the Buddha was kshatriya: the warrior caste.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. ~ The Buddha
Kindness is what binds a society. When kindness is lacking, society falls apart.
There are great and pressing problems facing California, America, and the world more generally.
No solution will work if it is not based on kindness — kindness to oneself and to one another.
This is something no technology will be able to replicate.
This is an algorithm that no computer will be able to process.
Much has been created and developed in just a few lifetimes. But a true Golden Age will require the ethical and emotional advancement that comes with the cultivation of kindness.
It is honestly as easy as that.