Last week the Dalai Lama visited Albany, NY sharing his simple message of tolerance, peace and happiness.
With his honest friendliness toward everyone who approaches him he demonstrates esteem in a deep and humble manner.
Dalai Lama is the renowned spiritual guide to devotees and Buddhists all over the world. Despite his notoriety he says about himself: “I consider myself just a human being, one of 6 billion human beings. All 6 billion people are the same family. Everyone wants a happy life.”
It could be said that Dalai Lama personifies esteem. Such an esteemful personality can be an example for us all.
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award ALMA is the world’s largest prize for children’s and young people’s literature. It was created by the Swedish government after Lindgren’s death in 2002.
Astrid Lindgren was a known Swedish author of books for children. Her novel “Pippi Longstocking” tells the story of a strong-willed girl with braided hair, freckles and mismatched stockings. Pippi has captivated generations of children around the world.
Growing up in Switzerland I was a big fan of all the stories and TV films about Pippi Longstocking’s adventures.
This year the ALMA was given to the Tamer Institute, a Palestinian group which for two decades has stimulated children’s love of reading.
According to the Swedish award group this public esteem for the Tamer Institute was given “in the spirit of Astrid Lindgren acknowledging the strength of books, stories and imagination as important keys to self-esteem, tolerance and the courage to face life”.
The Tamer Institute’s esteem toward children’s literature now receives its own public esteem. The award will be presented on June 2, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Humanism is a philosophy of life oriented toward tolerance, non-violence and freedom of conscience. The most interesting, if not confusing question of humanism is: how can man be “man” to man?
To understand what I’m getting at, consider the expression “homo homini lupus” (the man is a wolf to man). Homo homini lupus means that everybody considers everyone else to be an enemy. This philosophy assumes an attitude toward life that only the strongest should survive and that life is fight.
Humanism counters this attitude toward life with the conviction that it’s more human to be esteemful toward others than destructive.
Humanism is based on the same understanding as esteem. We would rather live in mutual tolerance, non-violence and freedom of conscience than having to fight and defend ourselves all the time.
Esteem and humanism express the same deeply human wish of a happy and fulfilled life for everyone.
There are always people to whom you don’t find any connection. They may think and act different than you. Then it can be hard for you to give esteem to them.
When you think it’s impossible to give esteem to somebody remember that you might be in the same position for others. This is the moment to practice tolerance. When you’re tolerant you’re able to accept and to esteem without adopting other opinions.
It’s a fact that we have, according to our background, different point of views of life. Everybody wishes to be esteemed as whole personality. This means being esteemed with their understanding of life. We all wish this for us.
Esteem doesn’t need to create the same point of views to work. True esteem works through all different types of human beings, of opinions, of personalities.
Esteem works closely with tolerance. Esteem needs tolerance for being trustworthy. Tolerance at the other side creates esteem. It’s a very tight relationship, the connection between esteem and tolerance.