In 2008, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the Dalai Lama talked about the constant need to make efforts to sustain caring, and nuturing qualities, to show loving kindness for those who are denied freedom.

In 2008 to mark the 60th anniversary of  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the dalai lama reflected on human rights, democracy and freedom…  

This declaration affirms that all human beings have the right to freedom from want and freedom from fear. These human rights are inclusive, interdependent and universal.

Whether we are concerned with suffering born of poverty, with denial of freedom, with armed conflict, or with a reckless attitude to the natural environment everywhere, we should not view these events in isolation. Eventually their repercussions are felt by all of us. We, therefore, need effective international action to address these global issues from the perspective of the oneness of humanity, and from a profound understanding of the deeply interconnected nature of today’s world.

At birth, all human beings are naturally endowed with the qualities we need for our survival, such as caring, nurturing and loving kindness.  However, despite already possessing such positive qualities, we tend to neglect them. As a result, humanity faces unnecessary problems. What we need to do is to make more effort to sustain and develop these qualities. Therefore, the promotion of human values is of primary importance. We also need to focus on cultivating good human relations, for, regardless of differences in nationality, religious faith, race, or whether people are rich or poor, educated or not, we are all human beings. When we are facing difficulties, we invariably meet someone, who may be a stranger, who immediately offers us help. We all depend on each other in difficult circumstances, and we do so unconditionally. We do not ask who people are before we offer them help. We help because they are human beings like us.

Tenzin Gyatso,  H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama

http://www.catholicsocialteaching.org.uk/themes/human-dignity/reflection/human-rights-democracy-freedom/

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