How Can 7 Billion People Get Along?

group of people with question of how 7 billion people can get along

Recently I watched the film release of “Evolution of the Heart”, which is a narrative between the Dalai Lama, evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson, and social scientist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. I particularly enjoyed hearing Pumla speak about the philosophy of Ubuntu which she explains about 20 minutes in. However, I trust you will find the whole documentary worthwhile if you hold value in common humanity. As the documentary started, I asked myself, “How Can 7 Billion People Get Along?”.

The film was released by the Mind & Life Institute on July 6th this year in honour of the Dalai Lama’s birthday.

The Dalai Lama asserts that, “Individual survival entirely depends on community”. With this in mind, he says that consequently, taking care of community, is utlimately taking care of yourself.

Cultivating Common Humanity

For me, common humanity is much like compassion in that it it speaks of non-judgment. With this intention, it feels much safer to be seen, heard and recognized. In other words, it’s interesting that we yearn to be seen and heard, yet also fear it out of concern for being judged or ostracized.

What would it be like to fully be ourselves and be listened to, believed, and understood? How can we create the possibility for that?  To put it differently, how can 7 billion people get along???

Forgiveness creates space for healing and allows for reconnection with common humanity, while also demonstrating the power of ubuntu.

The Dalai Lama also spoke about warmheartedness in this documentary. This word is often associated with lovingkindness, empathy, and innocence. These qualties are vital for common humanity and create conditions for global harmony.

we are all connected

If you decide to watch the documentary Evolution of the Heart, I would love to read about your insights and takeaways in the comments section below. Much gratitude for the Mind Institute for the release of this 37-minute film!

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