Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Global Awareness

My favorite speech was the Dalai Lama speech. I really liked the message he portrayed and all of the points that he made. He talked a lot about peace and how it benefits ourselves and others as well. I liked how he made it clear that it is not a specific leaders responsibility to maintain peace, but rather the people of the community. It is so important to have a community of people that are willing to help each other so that we can grow as a whole. He remained positive about being in exile by the Chinese. He said there is still time to turn around and make a change. My favorite quote that he said is "If you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility." I think this reflects his attitude toward being in exile and he is saying that he has inner peace so the external problems, such as being in exile, is a problem he can deal with and fix.

A country that I am worried about is Syria. They are having a civil war against their government and their people. It had lead to riots and tons of violence. There has been use of chemical weapons as well. Innocent people are dying and getting their homes and families destroyed. I hope that Syria can end its civil war and create a stable government that makes the citizens happy. This doesn't directly affect us but their use of chemical weapons is dangerous and we should care about the lives of the innocent. I don't think the U.S should necessarily get military involved but we could send aid to the innocent people who are losing their homes and families.


  1. I think Dalai Lama's speech was really interesting as well and made a great point about what we must to do to have inner peace. His point about having the community maintain peace instead of having the leaders do it for us was especially important. We need to realize what we do individually can have a huge effect on the society and community around us.

    The multiplying issues in Syria and the middle east as a whole are staggering and the results of those problems will be just as devastating. It will be interesting to see how everything works out for those countries and hopefully in the end they can have peace.

  2. I also liked the Dalai Lama's speech. I love the attitude towards "inner peace", and if you are at peace with yourself, the world around you can't effect you as much. It definitely leads to a much happier life.

    I'm also concerned for Syria and other countries like it in the middle east. It's horrible that there's so much violence there, and I think having the US involved at this time and doing what we're doing only makes things worse. It would certainly be nice for the fighting to end, or at least decrease dramatically, and for stability in certain areas to set in.