The following is the closing from an essay by the Dalai Lama on the need for compassion and understanding that we are all part of the human family and the role of individuals, institutions and religions to work towards more peaceful co-existence. Read the full essay here.
I have written the above lines
To tell my constant feeling.
Whenever I meet even a ‘foreigner’,
I have always the same feeling:
I am meeting another member of the human family.
This attitude has deepened
My affection and respect for all beings.
May this natural wish be
My small contribution to world peace.
I pray for a more friendly,
More caring, and more understanding
Human family on this planet.
To all who dislike suffering,
Who cherish lasting happiness –
This is my heartfelt appeal.