The world seems like having lots of problems now. But where do all these problems come from?
No doubts that they are caused by ourselves, the human beings.
So what is the best solution to solve these problems?
Because no matter how much we try to send the message out there to everyone about all the problems that we are facing now in the world and suggest many methods to help to solve or ease the problems, but if people are selfish and ignorant without wisdom, then there won't be much changes going on because people just don't care and will continue to create more problems while some other people are trying to clean up the mess that is already there.
This is because ignorance is so strongly rooted in many people. Selfishness and thoughtlessness are the products of ignorance. In order to solve any problems efficiently, it is necessary to root out the cause of all kinds of problem.
The problems that we are having now in the world, are not really about people pollute the environment by using lots of plastic bags; or too many cars; or burning down the forest; or cutting down the trees; or pollution that come from factories; or people are harming other living beings by creating wars, riots, racism, hatred, religious conflicts and gangster fighting; or there are lots of crimes like robbery, rapes, assaults and murders done by coldhearted human beings.
All these 'damaging hurtful actions' are the reflection, or result, or symptom of ignorance.
No doubt that all these happenings are causing damages to the environment and causing painful suffering for many people in the world, but we need to know what is the root cause for all these happenings, then only we can really solve the problems directly and efficiently. All these actions derived from ignorance in human beings.
Ignorance is the root cause for all these meaningless stupid and evil actions done by many people who are responsible for all the consequences from their selfish actions, but everyone claimed that they did nothing wrong and they are not responsible for any damages.
To eradicate ignorance, one needs to purify and quiet the mind to perform inquiry towards the truth of everything. The veil of ignorance vanish and wisdom is unveiled upon self-realization towards the truth of impermanence and selflessness in all and everything.
Everyone need to come in contact with dharma and practice dharma in life.
Dharma is universal. It's available and accessible for everyone who wish to realize wisdom and to eradicate ignorance from their mind, regardless of what type of personality, race, creed, religion, profession, nationality, young or old, men or women, smart or less smart.
The gift of dharma is for all living beings. It is more important and efficient than just by trying to tell people what they should do and should not do.
Because most people don't have the wisdom or conscience to understand how does one's actions can cause so much damage to themselves, other beings and the environment, and it is difficult for ignorant minds to be aware of their actions are contributing to the damages in the world, and hence, it is not easy to advise them about taking care of the welfare of the environment and not to harm other beings either intentionally or unintentionally.
People who have very strong ego will not like to listen to other people telling them what they should do and should not do. They rather will do the opposite way of what have been told, to show their arrogance, rebellion and stubbornness. They will ignore what they were told about should do and should not do. They will remain selfish, thoughtless and ignorant. Maybe in the beginning, some people will try to co-operate and do something beneficial that was being promoted in a campaign. But after a while, the campaign will cool off and no one cares anymore.
It is like there are many cases of deadly road accidents caused by reckless and irresponsible drivers in everywhere in the world. All these people are not just risking their own lives but also risking other people's lives. Due to selfishness and ignorance, people had caused so much painful sorrow to other people and their family and friends by causing injuries and deaths to those innocent people, either intentionally or unintentionally. Some of these irresponsible people knew that their behaviors were selfish and harmful. But due to anger and frustration towards other people or something undesirable that they experience and being unhappy with their own lives or angry with the world, people deliberately want to be selfish and meant to drive recklessly, with the intention of causing damages and/or hurting other people too. And they might or might not feel any regret or sorry about their actions at all.
Sometimes road accidents were not caused by the recklessness of the drivers, but because there were some mischievous or selfish people in the world who had intentionally or unintentionally create some obstructions such like double parking on the road side or put some foreign objects on the road that had caused accidents to happen. This was a very selfish act of irresponsibility and had caused painful suffering to some other innocent people. Some selfish ignorant people also use the road as a place to commit suicide, which is very irresponsible as well because they are taking some other innocent lives with them or cause injuries and damages to other people just because they don't want to live anymore.
Most people did not know that their actions were so ignorant and selfish, and would cause damages to themselves and to other people too, because they are ignorant towards ignorance. Some people thought that they just want to have some fun and excitement to get rid of their boredom and to release their extra energy by doing exciting things, such like driving fast or making some ''stunt moves'' with their cars. There are many people who use hand phone while driving; or they are busy talking with the other passengers in the car; or their mind is busy thinking of some other things and not concentrating in driving and not paying any attentions on the road; or some people just don't have the good enough driving skill, such like not knowing how to use the indicator, or not obeying the traffic lights and signs; or people are just being impatient and wanted to drive fast even they have no reason to be fast.
Driving fast is not necessary dangerous if the driver is skillful enough and paying attention on the road, while some people might be driving too slow and could cause some accidents to happen as well. But sometimes, the machine is not in our control especially when the speed is too fast. Some people will be feeling regret and guilty throughout their whole life if they survived a car crash due to their selfishness and ignorance, and had caused injuries or deaths to some other people.
It is not because people have never seen or come across with a ''safety driving'' campaign before.
All these ''safety driving'' campaigns and ''dangerous reckless driving will cause painful suffering, injuries and deaths'' campaigns were being held and advertised almost everywhere in the world, and in all the countries where they have roads and cars, to educate the people and to advise the people to drive safely and responsibly for their own lives and the lives of others. But how come there are still so many serious road accidents happening everywhere and all the times? What is the root cause for all these suffering?
It is the ignorance and selfishness that is deep rooted in everyone's mind. People are not thoughtful for other people and are not aware of their actions could be so harmful and deadly. People are driving while they are arguing with family or friends; people drive after taking alcohol or drugs; people drive while talking or texting on the hand phone; people drive while listening to loud and exciting music; people are busy doing something else instead of paying attention on the road, and so on.
If these people have some awareness or wisdom; if they have a little bit of thoughtfulness for other people and for themselves; or if they have a little bit of patience, then they won't be risking their lives and the lives of others too.
People are ignorant because they have not come across with dharma, or they come in contact with dharma but they don't like the teachings of dharma for their own reasons. No one likes to listen to dharma talks unless they are interested in becoming a better person who does less damages to oneself and others; or want to realize the truth of everything; or want to come out from miseries and be peaceful and happy unconditionally.
If we can plant the seed of dharma into people's mind, then slowly and eventually people will unleash the wisdom within themselves layer by layer, either wittingly or unwittingly, and slowly it will eradicate ignorance and selfishness from people's mind. People will start to realize what is going on in their own minds and have awareness, and will start to do something beneficial for themselves and other living beings, and for the welfare of the world unconditionally and non-discriminatively. And this selfless action is being done by people out of wisdom or correct understanding. People do it willingly out of awareness and not because they were being told by other people or the authority to behave or don't behave in certain way.
If all the world leaders and religion leaders are wise, compassionate and selfless, there will be less violence and painful suffering due to discrimination, racism, prejudice, corruption, wars and killings.
If all the educators, teachers and leaders of the society are wise, compassionate and selfless, there will be less crimes and hurtful happenings in our society and daily lives.
If every human being is wise, compassionate and selfless, there will be less unhappiness, anger, hatred, jealousy, lies, conflicts, depression, heart broken and heartache in our personal lives.
If everybody is wise, compassionate and selfless, this world is a heaven on earth.
Why do so many people turn to alcohol and drugs, committing crimes and hurting other people? It is because they are angry, frustrated, discontent, not peaceful and very unhappy.
And why are they so unhappy?
It's because of ignorance without wisdom. Anger, hatred, jealousy, greed, lust and arrogance that create irritation; frustration; dissatisfaction; disappointment and unhappiness, are the impurities that sprung from ignorance. When a person is unhappy, he or she will cause unhappiness to other people around him or her; and then these people also become unhappy and will cause more unhappiness to some other people around them.
At the end these unhappiness will eventually come back to him or her, who had caused this unhappiness at the beginning.
It is never ending of unhappiness starting from one person and keep growing into a big wheel of unhappiness involving many other people; starting from one point of the wheel and it will come back to the same point again. People are becoming more selfish because they are angry with other people's selfishness! The more selfish a person becomes, the stronger the ignorance is within him or her. What a big wheel of selfishness and ignorance growing bigger and bigger.
If every human being is observing right understanding and right livelihood, and attain self-realization towards the truth of everything via self-inquiry, then everywhere will be filled with unconditional love and kindness, instead of fear, anger, hatred and violence, although we all still have to go through the inevitable natural process of hunger, thirst, old age, illness, weakness and death.
If we have wisdom, we will know that our true nature is never been born and never dies. It is not affected by old age, illness, pain or death to the physical body. We are the immortal Self, or selfless consciousness, ever existing without a beginning and without an end. By knowing this, there's no fear and worry at all.
When a person has realized the truth of impermanence and selflessness, and is entirely detached from or unattached towards all the names and forms in this world, this mind is not affected by all the impermanent elements and dualities in this world. There is no more arguments or debates. But if a person has not realized the truth of impermanence and selflessness, and is attached towards the names and forms either strongly or just a little, then this mind is still bound by the perception of duality in this world. This mind will be influenced, affected, determined and disturbed by all the impermanent elements and dualities in this world.
We need to contemplate on the dharma that we have come in contact with, analyze it, practice it, inquire the truth of it, and realize the truth of names and forms by ourselves, then we will truly understand and know what the ancient dharma teachers had been trying to tell us and teach us actually.
May we all realize wisdom individually to help the world to be a better place for all beings to live in.