“Tipping Point” – Recently I have been struck by how many times I have heard that term lifted up.
I heard it in reference to our atmosphere passing beyond the “tipping point” of 400 parts per million CO2. Climate change has happened – we’ve passed the tipping point. I saw this graphically presented this week in the striking images in the feature-length documentary, “HOME.”
I heard the term used in the PBS documentary series, “Why Poverty? Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream,” which I also viewed this week. It’s a look at the dangerously widening gap between the rich and poor, and the Koch brothers and others who are promoting and exacerbating that gap.
And finally I heard the term “tipping point” used by the Dalai Lama in New Orleans over the weekend. His Holiness referred to both the economic crisis of our planet and the environmental crisis of our planet as “tipping points.” In glaring contrast to the image of a global economy that we are destroying and a global environment that we are destroying, His Holiness preached the following message:
“This must become a century of compassion, on a global level, if we are to overcome our false and dangerous understanding of ‘our country’ and ‘their country,’ in order to overcome the widening gap between rich and poor, in order to reverse the trend of global warming. These will be the root causes of violence going forward if we are not successful in developing a sense of global community through the cultivation of a profound sense of personal and communal compassion. Today’s problems are global and will require global solutions, but that must start with our individual efforts to cultivate compassion.”
I urge you to take the time to view both documentaries, “HOME” and “Why Poverty?” and then ponder the words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama:
“Global warming does not discriminate. We all live under the same atmospheric roof.”
“Whether you believe in religion or not, we all need to have a concern for others.”
His Holiness noted that we are at a tipping point, then ended by saying, “I’m optimistic.”
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