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We need material development, but we need to understand that by itself it doesn’t bring peace of mind. – Dalai Lama

What does that mean?
This is an interesting quote. Given the person speaking it, one usually presumes that there will be a noticeable bias against materialism. Yet that is not seen in this quote. I wonder if that means I have been making improper assumptions about him for a while… Probably, my bad.

This quote recognizes that technology has benefits for humanity, and some of that technology shows up as stuff. While TV’s and cell phones are often considered shiny toys that distract, they are also very useful, when used properly. And that is a thought with which it is hard to argue.

The quote finishes by warning us that chasing the shiny things will not bring us peace of mind. Nor will it bring us happiness, except for a brief moment. When…

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