Ethics for the New Millennium
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
With so much hype and hoopla about the "New Millennium," I was not immediately drawn to this title - although Ethics is a subject of intense personal interest. What I found, however, was that this is a book for ANY millennium - because it contains a critical message for all time:
"Compassion is what makes our lives meaningful. It is the source of all lasting happiness and joy… This is not a matter for complicated theorizing. It is a matter of common sense."
It is precisely this common-sense approach (not just what's "right," but what "works") that makes the message of this book so powerful. And the Dalai Lama's message is all the more powerful in that his argument for compassion is based on believing in a basic human goodness - even in the face of his personal experience in exile. He does not present himself as being "special;" in fact, he makes clear that "Ethics" (and indeed Spirituality) are not linked to religion; ethics is the responsibility of EVERYONE.
The appeal he makes is for universal responsibility in working for a global revolution of peace. This book has the potential for making a lasting impact not only on the way we think, but also on the way we act. (Actually, I believe I was already moving along this path - but this book clearly strengthened my resolve.) And I now recognize that the title of this book makes perfect sense - because the message is so critical in the face of our ever-shrinking global interconnection as we enter the New Millennium.