The Dalai Lama told this to German broadcaster Deutsche Welle in a interview in 2015, just few weeks after Paris attacks. Besides the play on words…pray for Paris asks God to fix a problem humans created.
“We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”
He goes on to say more wise words by cutting through layers of squabbling and stating that a systematic approach is needed to uphold humanistic values. So, what do we actually value? We being the collective. Looking around the world today it seems like we value national interest before global issues.
“We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.”
Again, slicing through all the illusive tactics of the blame game, he says most of the issues are superficial.
𠇏urthermore, the problems that we are facing today are the result of superficial differences over religious faiths and nationalities.We are one people.”