The Relevance of the Dalai Lama’s “Our Global Family” Today

Last year during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, everyone was scared as they did not know what to expect. Many people lost their jobs, schools were closed and, everyone was told to practice social distancing, wash their hands, and wear facemasks. Countries imposed lockdown and travel restrictions and the whole world seemed to be at a standstill. People were scared but through it all, eventually we have all learned to be positive about the situation. People have shared solidary messages on social media, different video clips of people praying for the world in parking lots have gone viral, twitter hashtags on social media like #PrayForItaly, and many more have gone viral. People learned to enjoy themselves and cautiously have small parties on balconies during this COVID-19 pandemic.

We have all been pushed to adapt to the situation. Just like Viktor Frankl said in his book, Man’s search for meaning, “He who finds a why to live can bear any how”. We all have a why to live for it could be your child, your siblings, your parents, your happiness, your dreams, your goals in life, or even yourself. we have conquered COVID-19 in our own ways. The fact that fear is not within us anymore means we are conquerors, and if we are lucky to live long, we will live to tell the story of the COVID-19 pandemic to the Next-generation. It will sound like an interesting story to them but to us, it is not, we will be proud to explain how the pandemic shook the whole world, and even in the midst of all that, we survived.

According to the Dalai Lama’s, Our Global Family, he mentions that we are all dependent on each other in so many ways that we can no longer live in isolated communities and ignore what’s happening outside those communities. We should help each other when we have difficulties and must share the good fortune that we enjoy. He continues to say that the realization that we are all the same human beings who feel happy and try to avoid suffering is very helpful in developing a sense of brotherhood and sisterhood. a warm feeling of love and compassion for each other is essential to survive in this ever-shrinking world we live in. During this COVID-19 19 pandemic, we have had no choice but to develop a Universal responsibility. What started in Wuhan, a small town in China, eventually affected the whole world.

During the pandemic, the World Youth Alliance has continued promoting human dignity in many ways. Countless virtual meetings and events were held to keep members engaged as they cope with the pandemic. I even signed the WYA charter during the Covid19 pandemic because WYA did not stop promoting dignity but rather embraced the new changes they had to make to continue promoting their mission through Advocacy, culture, and education. I am proud to be part of the WYA Family and our Global family at large.

Published: February 13, 2021
Written by Joy Wangui, a WYA Africa intern from Nairobi, Kenya

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