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CAUSES AND CONDITIONS: THE INFLUENCE OF FEW ON MANY

The course of history can be changed radically by a zealous, dedicated individual or by a minority. A small group of people may greatly impact the ideals, ethos, philosophy, and behavior of the majority. The impact can be either negative or positive. When the impact is negative, the minority leads the society into war and destruction. When the impact is positive, they lead the society into prosperity, stability, and happiness, and may even bring about a new civilization or culture. In these ways, great or infamous historical eras are made.

As a starting point, then, Buddhism believes that each person should cultivate compassion in their own mind so that they will not be disposed to harm. In turn they will influence others to desist from harmful acts. Gradually, in this simple way, world peace can be achieved.


--A Pure Land on Earth P.0005


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