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I personally believe that our family -- be it our immediate family or other forms of family -- represents the ideal environment to begin our cultivation of compassion. Regardless of our cultural background or social status, our family is the most fertile soil in which to grow our inherent seed of compassion so that it flourishes. It cannot grow without this fertile soil of the family.
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Think bigger than Material Wealth alone. There are great riches inside of you. If you can invest in your Inner Wealth, I think it could really help you lead by example, and live up to the responsibility that has been placed on your shoulders. The future of the nation, and in many ways, the future of the world is influenced by the choices that you make now.
From a Buddhist perspective, we have a broader view of the types of wealth that exist. There is material wealth, but there is also inner wealth. Inner wealth is timeless, and in this sense it is the opposite of material wealth. Inner wealth is the rich pool of compassion, wisdom and other non-material values that lies within us. All of these values are in front of us, within us, but because we lack the experience of drawing upon inner wealth, we tend to look to the outside too easily.
In Buddhist terms, all of the problems in our society stem from a lack of understanding, a fear of the unknown. When we challenge this ignorance through logic, through reasoning, through tapping into our boundless internal resources of wisdom and compassion, we manifest hope - not just for ourselves, but for our world.