March 24, 2008

The Dreams of Children

A defining characteristic of more advanced thinking and being is compassion. Authentic compassion inevitably embraces the self, family, neighbors, people across regions and ethnic boundaries - and all sentient life on this planet. As Siddhartha Gautama said, “In separateness lies the world's great misery, in compassion lies the world's true strength.”

In the following video montage, we get glimpses of the paintings and dreams of young students at an informal school in India run by the non-governmental organization Calcutta Rescue: Calcutta Rescue provides free education to nearly 300 slum children in that city and is the impetus behind the lush series of water-color paintings on display in this video. "In my next life, I would like to be a butterfly." says one student.

Are we strong and wise enough as a species to focus our compassion and transform the planet through helping more individuals and groups develop and thrive? It is only through the (re)evolution of self and others that we will achieve sustainability.

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