In some recent conversations, a question emerged as to the impact in our secular, desire-driven cultures of today of the demands on character being made by fears and restrictions coming upon us as a result of the jump from animals to humans of the coronavirus. Has our culture empowered us as individuals to have inner resilience under these conditions? Or are many of us too prone to passive self-absorption, resentful dependency, ennui or even anomie in response to our social isolation and the stress of coping with disappointments and dissatisfactions?
I happen to be going through old files as we prepare to move our office to find a list of good mental frameworks for making the most of times such as this and of life in general, even in good times. The list is ascribed to the Dalai Lama, but I can’t confirm that.
In any case, I wanted to share his Instructions for Life with you.