published: 16.09.2013, 11:31 | updated: 16.09.2013 12:00:52
Prague - The 20th century was a century of bloodshed and violence and the new generation should strive for a better world and make the 21st century an era of peace, Tibetan Dalai Lama told participants of the Forum 2000 conference in Prague today.
Speaking of the past century, Dalai Lama said despite many happy moments "my century" was one of violence, meaning not only killing but also frauds, intimidation, exploitation and corruption.
He said young people need to find a broad and long-term vision that would emphasise the common interests rather than religious, national, racial and other differences.
Dalai Lama said the current generation has to realise that it is part of a community of seven billion human beings and people are far more dependent on one another than in the past.
Worlds and prayers are important for individuals, but for society and the world in general actions are more important, he added.
Dalai Lama also remembered late Czech president Vaclav Havel thanks to whose effort the annual Forum conference of world personalities, politicians and thinkers started to be held. Dalai Lama and Havel were friends and they met only shortly before Havel´s death two years ago for the last time.
This year's 17th Forum 2000 focuses on societies in transition. The organisers said the theme stems from the legacy of Havel who devoted his life to fighting for freedom and human dignity in face of the communist regime.
The guests include Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and former South Africa president Frederik de Klerk, who both are Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
In reaction to Dalai Lama´s speech, Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka said the 20th century can be seen not only as a dark era but also as a period when the lives of some extraordinary people became examples of real humanity.
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