The Way of Wisdom – Great Minds Think Compassionately

“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”  ~Albert Einstein

“Empathy is really important, and I think only when our clever brain and our human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our full potential.” ~Jane Goodall

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What do the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbechev, Malala Yousafzai, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Desmond Tutu, Lech Walesa & Jane Goodall all have in common? Besides the fact that most of them were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, I believe they exemplify how wise and compassionate people inspire others to come together to change the world in positive ways.

Here below are 20 videos with interviews and short speeches from the people mentioned above, and others. While many world leaders focus on maintaining or expanding power, these unselfish thinkers have demonstrated how wisdom can be applied creatively and effectively, providing peaceful solutions to the complex problems that exist in our world.

I believe that their success and influence shows how humanity’s greatest challenges can be solved if we just 1) take the time to deeply understand the root causes of problems, 2) truly care about all living beings who are suffering, and then, 3) collaborate creatively with others to act upon our deeper understandings with patience, tolerance, integrity, unselfish compassion and courage.

The Dalai Lama – “The Whole World is One”

Lech Walesa – In this new era the world needs to work together

Nobel winner Desmond Tutu speaking about leadership

Malala Yousafzai’s Nobel Prize speech (Japanese subtitles)

Mikhail Gorbechev – We need a new economic model respecting people & nature

12 Year old Severn Suzuki speech on ecology, in Rio, 1992

Jane Goodall – Animals are Living Beings Too

 Tawakkul Karman (Nobel prize, 2011) The Peaceful Revolution of Youth

David Bohm speaks of Wholeness & Fragmentation

David Suzuki – Human Beings are a Force of Nature

Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee’s Powerful TED talk

Alan Watts – What is Wrong with our Culture?

Charlie Chaplin’s Speech in the Great Dictator (Japanese subtitles)

Ken Robinson – Educational systems need to be transformed, respecting learners

Nobel Prize winner Mohammed Yunus speaking on poverty

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1964 Nobel Peace Prize speech

May El-Khalil describes how a marathon brought peace to Lebanon

Zak Ebriham, son of a terrorist, shares why he chose peace

Daphne Sheldrick – Helps Return Elephants to the Wild

Richard Feynman describes how science sees the beauty of a flower



“As man becomes conscious of the stupendous laws that govern the universe in perfect harmony, he begins to realize how small he is. He sees the pettiness of human existence, with its ambitions and intrigues, its ‘I am better than thou’ creed. This is the beginning of cosmic religion within him; fellowship and human service become his moral code. Without such moral foundations, we are hopelessly doomed. If we want to improve the world we cannot do it with scientific knowledge but with ideals. Confucius, Buddha, Jesus and Gandhi have done more for humanity than science has done. We must begin with the heart of man—with his conscience—and the values of conscience can only be manifested by selfless service to mankind.”

~Albert Einstein~


About Christopher Chase

Co-creator and Admin of the Facebook pages "Tao & Zen" "Art of Learning" & "Creative Systems Thinking." Majored in Studio Art at SUNY, Oneonta. Graduated in 1993 from the Child & Adolescent Development program at Stanford University's School of Education. Since 1994, have been teaching at Seinan Gakuin University, in Fukuoka, Japan.
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20 Responses to The Way of Wisdom – Great Minds Think Compassionately

  1. anneseery says:

    Thanks Chris. I had just finished watching a DVD about Paul Moulds who manages a Salvos Youth Refuge in Sydney, when I saw your blog. He similarly said we need to take the time to understand the problems faced by homeless youth, care about them and act creatively together to support them. Thanks for compiling these vids so we can gain some perspective on solutions🙂

    • Hi Anne, thank you. Yes! We seem to agree about the “formula”… try to understand the problem deeply, care about everyone involved and then collaborate creatively. It seems so simple, but actually goes against the more dominate problem-solving approach which involves people who really don’t care developing “top-down” solutions without a full understanding of the problems they are trying to solve, and making no attempt to collaborate creatively with those who are most involved…

  2. trentpmcd says:

    Have you looked into the 1000 Voices Speak for Compassion blogging event? They’re looking just for posts like this one. And yes, empathy is the glue that holds society together and compassion is what makes a group of people a civilization. It is something all of the great people on this post know or knew.

  3. Jen @ Driftwood Gardens says:

    Thanks for sharing in the #1000Speak group. What a wonderful collection of inspiration for our compassion posts! I’m going to pin this so I can watch all the videos in time.

    • Cool. Thank you Jen, I’m glad you also found these videos to be inspiring. That’s a great project. I wish there were a way to harness the energy of the #1000Speak group so it could be a force in the world for more than one day.

  4. Good One Chris much love > Seems easy to follow that wisdom of careful study and compassion as a good earth person.
    Here’s an off the top of my thoughts quote > You don’t have to be an anybody to be a somebody JUST BE A SOMEBOY FOR EVERYBODY! Poets thinking alike! (Free our minds and sing)

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