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UCSD -- The good people at the University of California, San Diego invited me to hear the Dalai Lama on Tuesday.
On a sun drenched morning I joined a very long line of students, faculty and local residents filing in to the Rimac Arena and, frankly, I didn't know what to expect.
I was surprised, as I sat listening to this humble man in his robe and visor, to see my mind wandering back to the people of La Mesa.
There were several points the Dalai Lama made that I thought might be worth circulating through the civic-minded, but not always civil residents of the Jewel of the Hills.
I won't name names or directly connect any of these thoughts to specific individuals, but realize most of these apply to many of us engaged in public discourse in town, including myself:
And another of his repeated points made me think of the teachers, principals and superintendents struggling in our La Mesa schools to maintain quality amid budget struggles not of their own making.
Global warming? War? Famine? Political unrest? One by one as world problems were brought up in questions from the audience, the Dalai Lama's answer was, at base, the same.
“Education,’’ he repeated over and over.
“Educating whole person – ethics,’’ he said. “Material value of education and internal value go together.’’
Perhaps, he hoped aloud, the next generation would have this “complete’’ education and would develop an holistic worldview that will help fashion more effective answers to famine, inequality and injustice.
“Big house, big car, big salary?’’ he questioned. “That is the meaning of life? No!’’
And his education points made me wonder a bit if the greatest dramas unfolding in La Mesa these days are less in the very public civic issues in City Hall and more in the ability of our schools to meet the Dalai Lama's hopes for us all.
Chris Lavin, editor of LaMesaToday.com, writes the On La Mesa column occasionally. Submissions for consideration are welcomed from LaMesaToday.com members and can be e-mailed to ourtown@LaMesaToday.com.