Today marks the first day that Dalai Lama is on Instagram.  Thought I would memorialize the event with a few of his quotes about technology.  Seems incredibly poignant considering how much the internet, technology and access to it are at risk at the moment.

“It depends on how you use them,” the exiled leader said, when asked whether social media hurts or harms happiness. “If the person, himself or herself, has a certain inner strength, a certain confidence, then it is no problem. But if an individual’s mind is weak, then there is more confusion. You can’t blame technology. It depends on the user of the technology.”
— Dalai Lama
Within the short space of my own lifetime, the impact of science and technology on humanity has been tremendous. Although my own interest in science began with curiosity about a world, foreign to me at that time, governed by technology, it was not very long before the colossal significance of science for humanity as a whole dawned on me—-especially after I came into exile in 1959. There is almost no area of human life today that is not touched by the effects of science and technology. Yet are we clear about the place of science in the totality of human life—-what exactly it should do and by what it should be goverened? This last point is critical because unless the direction of science is guided by a consciously ethical motivation, especially compassion, its effects may fail to bring benefit. They may indeed cause great harm.
— Dalia Lama

 

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