Act with altruism for social justice

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If we evince more concern for others, we will all act with the view of remedying injustice, discrimination, and poverty. 

If we care about the fate of future generations, we will not blindly sacrifice their well-being to our ephemeral interests, leaving only a polluted and impoverished planet to those who come after us.

We will, on the contrary, try to promote a caring economy that enhances reciprocal trust and respects the interests of others. We will imagine the possibility of a different kind of economy, which is advocated for by many modern economists11, that rests on the three pillars of true prosperity: nature, whose integrity we must preserve; human activities, which should flourish; and financial means, which ensures our survival while meeting our reasonable material needs.

- Matthieu Ricard, Altruism

Inequality and injustice, at the heart of current social issues, have to be eradicated in order for humankind to live in peace and prosperity. Learn how Karuna-Shechen, the NGO founded by Matthieu Ricard, has been promoting social justice for 20 years now in India, Nepal and Tibet:


Action Alone Does Not Define Altruism

By Matthieu Ricard on February 18, 2020

The blog below is an excerpt from Matthieu Ricard's book Altruism. If you wish to know more about it, please follow the following link: In her book entitled The Heart of Altruism, Kristen Monroe, professor of political science and philosophy at the University of Irvine at California, suggests we re...

What Mental State Leads to Altruism ?

By Matthieu Ricard on February 04, 2020

The blog below is an excerpt from Matthieu Ricard's book Altruism. If you wish  to know more about it, please follow the following link: Among the eight types of empathy listed by Daniel Batson, only empathic concern was necessary and sufficient to engender an altruistic motivation. What about the ...

About patience

By Matthieu Ricard on January 21, 2020

True patience isn't a sign of weakness, but of courage. It certainly doesn't mean to let everything happen passively. Patience gives you the capacity to act correctly without being blinded by hatred and a thirst for revenge, which deprive you of any capacity for judgment. As the Dalai Lama often says, true tolerance isn't a question of sayin...

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Thought of the week

Since we were born, we have let our mind do what it likes, like a spoiled child, and we have to admit that nothing really positive has come of it. To take control of it is indispensable. That is something worth spending time on, even if it is just a little bit each day.

Oral advice transcribed by the author.

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Published on December 05, 2019

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