Recently, I came across this quote:
“The Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered, ‘Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.’”
Inspired by this quote I did some more digging…and it seems that this quote is a hoax. There is no record that the Dalai Lama ever said this. However, the quote is circulating fast and furious on the web, the message has gone viral and the whole internet is talking about it. It seems to be touching people in the same way that it touched me. But, would people be equally affected by the quote if it was known to be authored by someone non recognizable?
Is the impact to be accredited to the source or to the message itself?
Regardless, I interpret this as recognition that we need to be reminded of our personal quest, personal calling, personal purpose and vision. I interpret this as a pause which helps us, even for a moment, to stop and reflect on what truly matters in our lives.
So to the author of this “Hoax” – Thank you!