This was quite an interesting and enlightening broadcast to listen to. I have always been interested in Eastern religions (and even took a college class on them) so this one particularly appealed to me.
My favorite part of the interview, and most meaningful to me, was the last half of it which focuses on Matthieu's fame as being the happiest man in the world. He explains that people should contemplate happiness and compassion and cultivate those good feelings - never any feelings of hate as that is a waste of time. He says that like becoming a good photographer, this contemplation takes practice and is not something that happens overnight.
My personal favorite quote by Matthieu within the interview is this: "If you see the humanity in the world, grains of sand that bring everything to a halt — it's corruption, clashes of egos, human factors more than resources. So, how to avoid that? There's a lack of human maturity. So it's not a vain or futile exercise to perfect yourself to some extent before you serve others, otherwise it's like cutting the wheat when it's still green. And nobody is fed by that. So we need a minimum of readiness to efficiently and wisely be at the service of others. So compassion needs also to be sort of enlightened by wisdom. Otherwise, it's blind."
I have always been a person who leaps into helping someone without considering myself for even a second and listening to Matthieu made me realize how destructive that can be. Even though I have always had that old saying "you have to help yourself before you can help others" in the back of your head, listening to Matthieu helped that actually sink in. If you want to really aid the people around you, you must be ready and have wisdom behind that help first.
I truly enjoyed listening to this. I have always admired buddhism but I suppose, in a way, I always found its values and beliefs as far away and difficult to reach. Listening to Matthieu during his interview, however, makes it all seem a lot closer and easier to achieve even if being a true Buddhist is not your final goal. I'd certainly reccomend a listen to this!
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