February 25th, 2013

A telephone operator in a small Cape Cod town received a daily call from a man who asked the exact time. This went on for many weeks. Finally the operator asked the caller why he called every day requesting the right time. “Because,” responded the caller, “I man the lighthouse and I’m responsible for sounding the siren at noon each day.”

“Well, that’s a coincidence,” the operator replied, “because every day, exactly at noon. I set my clock by your siren.”

We are more dependent on each another than we realize. Our actions have more of an effect on others than we know. As the Dalai Lama said,

“We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.”

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