While Lady Gaga’s name is associated with outrageous outfits, provocative music videos, and extreme outspokenness, we tend to forget about her advocacies towards making the world a better place, which includes empowering members of the LGBT community through her songs. She's also steadfast in her efforts of promoting world peace: Her most recent effort being a conversation with the Dalai Lama on June 26 at the 84th annual United States Conference of Mayors.
In the 20 minute-long interview, Gaga and the Dalai Lama discussed various topics centered on mental health (self-esteem, eating disorders, addiction, self-harm, and suicide, among others), and the latter emphasized the importance of showing compassion to address the world’s materialistic culture.
"When you show more sense of concern [towards] others' well-being, then you also get the feeling, 'Oh, I am something useful to others,'" the Dalai Lama notes.
As the world faces pressing concerns and unfortunate circumstances, the Dalai Lama has this message of hope to everyone: "Many positive, happy things are there if you look [from a] wider perspective. If you look real closely, it appears unbearable. But if you look widely, [you can see] other positive things there."
Watch the full conversation of Lady Gaga and the Dalai Lama in the video below:
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Banner photograph from the Dalai Lama Facebook Page