"As separate individuals, we live in separate cultures haunted by the vague memory of an intimacy that we all share. Let us, all together, chase the very horizon of existence, the edge of understanding, the point at which new sensations, emotions, thoughts and ideas begin to emerge… and let us bring this intimacy alive." ~Alex Mero
“Happy? What is your definition of happiness? Mauro asked him.
“Happiness…? I’m not really sure. I’d like to know what makes YOU happy.”
“My happiness comes from wishing for what’s beneficial to myself.” replied Mauro.
“Well said! ” Laura exclaimed.
After hearing that, Y Chao thought about his own definition of happiness; however he doubted Mauro would agree with it. He hesitated, but finally stated: “For me, happiness is about realizing my dreams!”
“Dreams are important.”
Y Chao looked at Mauro a little surprised, but happy with Mauro’s approval. He completely forgot what his motive had been in the first place.
“But dreams also take place in our imagination…” Y Chao stated.
“Dreams are messages we receive from within to help us discover our true mission.”
“Really? That’s marvellous!” exclaimed Laura.
Mauro explained: “Before realizing a project, an idea had to have occurred first.”
“What if I dream of wanting to become rich?” asked Y Chao. Mauro wanted him to reflect on this.
“What does it mean to you to be rich?” he asked Y Chao.
“Rich means having enough money to be free!” He answered.
“Enough?” Mauro questioned.
Mauro said nothing for a few moments, giving silence its place, and then continued: “Our desires have no limits, and keep growing as we nourish them. Therefore they can never fully satisfy us. Only we can satisfy ourselves.”
“How so?” asked Y Chao.
“By becoming aware that the only real wealth we have does not consist in increasing our fortune but in controlling our desires!”
What most people don’t understand is that happiness is not something you search for, but comes as a result of living from your heart. When you live from within, a sense of peace and happiness naturally becomes part of you.
Dreams can bring insights to guide or keep you on your journey. For something to be actualized, it’s idea has to be thought or dreamt of first, otherwise it will never find its way into existence. So dreams are important.
What advice would you give to those who seek to unite and reconcile people of different cultures?
In general, intercultural relations and especially the commitment to encourage intercultural communication, has always been of great interest to me. My experience tells me that the best approach is through peaceful dialogue. By that I mean, communicating in a peaceable manner, while accepting each other’s differences, without the need for power or domination over one another. This is how we abolish rivalries. Peaceable communication encourages sharing experiences, thoughts and ideas in a healthy and clear way; a way not based on conflicts or the need to prove who is in the right. Peaceful dialogue is the only way for those who are concerned about how they come across in their interactions, to ensure sharing and exchanging ideas which bring about the best in one another.
Economic migration cannot be resolved by relocating the poor to wealthier places. What do you think is the solution?
The fundamental injustice lies in the global economy itself, which does not permit for a dignified existence for many people. The way the current economic system works is that some nations prosper through the exploitation of others who live in fear and distress. To combat poverty, a new economic system must be set up in which freedom and justice for all people takes a central role. In practical terms this means, through political powers, forcing the big multinationals to fairly redistribute wealth and resources throughout the world for the benefit of the poorer populations.
We have the habit of viewing a person’s personality as something permanent. Admittedly, human beings are believed to have recognizable behaviors and personalities which seldom change, but this can’t be totally correct since if this was true, than spiritual evolution would be impossible. On the contrary, the possibilities of transforming our personalities are endless! Our personality, like all other things, is dependent on the circumstances it’s exposed to, and we know that all things change when the conditions they’re dependent upon are altered. The very essence of our Being is a perpetual ever-changing and ever-evolving essentiality. Each time we act in a conscientious way, a very precise intention is reinforced, and each time we resist the temptation of an act, the tendency for this temptation is weakened; and this is how our character is molded at every moment.