A teenage girl brings her father into Forever 21 so she can pick out some new clothes for him to buy for her. Both of them have completely forgotten that they are standing on a floating blue-green sphere of crust and rock, which is speeding through the universe and is a mere speck within a giant galaxy that is only one of billions of galaxies, along with black holes, dark matter, other planets, possibly other intelligent life, and other undiscovered phenomena that we can’t even fathom yet, and no one knows exactly why we we’re here or how it all even began. She finds a cute pair of purple leggings that she thinks might go good with one of her favorite floral dresses.
“If someone shows genuine love and compassion toward fellow human brothers and sisters, and toward the Earth itself, then I think we can be sure that that person truly demonstrates love for God. It’s clear that when someone really respects God’s message, they emulate God’s love for humanity. Conversely, I believe that the faith of someone who professes belief in God and yet shows no love or compassion toward other human beings is highly questionable. When we look in these ways, we see that genuine faith in God is a powerful way to develop the positive human qualities of love and compassion.”—The Dalai Lama, “Essence of the Heart Sutra” (via waterlostinthesea)