29th January 2015
“What is altruism? Put simply, it’s the wish that other people may be happy.”
Meet Matthieu Ricard, a monk, author, photographer and a super inspiring human being.
I came across Matthieu Ricard one day on TED and his words were so easy to hear, to understand I couldn’t believe I hadn’t heard of him before.
In Buddhism there is a concept called ‘Non-Separation’ and it simple means that there is no separation, no gap, no difference between you as a living and breathing human being and the person sitting opposite you on the bus, or in the doctor’s waiting room, or someone the other side of the world sitting in their kitchen reading the newspaper.
Non-separation goes as far as seeing every living entity as the same, there is no difference between them in terms of superiority or who is in charge of who. Altruism goes hand in hand with this concept and encourages us to be the positive change we wish to see in the world but not for selfish or egotistical gain but to be the change because we love and respect one another.
Dr. Dan Siegel sums up this argument in three simple sentences. Three sentences that have become my mantra, especially when faced with someone who I feel aversion towards.