“The World Bank president’s favourite book is the Miracle of Mindfulness by the Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the two men are likely to meet later this year.
When I interviewed Thich Nhat Hanh at his French monastery in Plum Village a few weeks ago, he said about people in general: “When they see the truth it is too late to act … but they don’t want to wake up because it may make them suffer; they cannot confront the truth. It is not that they don’t know what is going to happen. They just don’t want to think about it.”
“They want to get busy in order to forget. We should not talk in terms of what they should do, what they should not do, for the sake of the future. We should talk to them in such a way that touches their hearts, that helps them to engage on the path that will bring them true happiness; the path of love and understanding, the courage to let go. When they have tasted a little bit of peace and love, they may wake up.”
What Davos showed us is that while the battle to get climate change accepted as a reality has finally been won, unless we find innovative ways of dissolving peoples’ fear and denial, we are at dire risk of losing the war.”
Posted on Sunday, 3 February 2013