‘Westerners are too self-absorbed’

The Dalai Lama interviewed: “‘It is fascinating,’ he says, speaking in slightly stilted English. ‘In the West, you have bigger homes, yet smaller families; you have endless conveniences – yet you never seem to have any time. You can travel anywhere in the world, yet you don’t bother to cross the road to meet your neighbours; you have more food than you could possibly eat, yet that makes women like Heidi miserable.’

The West’s big problem, he believes, is that people have become too self-absorbed. ‘I don’t think people have become more selfish, but their lives have become easier and that has spoilt them. They have less resilience, they expect more, they constantly compare themselves to others and they have too much choice – which brings no real freedom.'” (Telegraph.UK thanks to walker)