At present, our world is much different from Confucius' time, which was about 2,500 years ago. Why is that? For example, Confucius said in the Great Commonwealth: "The able-bodied have their uses, and the youngsters can grow up properly." However, now we can see that there are many middle-aged people on the streets, holding signs that say, "I don't have a job, please help me!" Or, "I have no food." Meanwhile, modern-day kids only care about playing computer games, so they do not know how to study hard and learn the ABC's of human life. That's why our world is running counter to Confucius' world.
I have a dream that one day all the people in this world will live together amicably, will help each other, and there will be no fighting or confusion.
I have a dream that one day this world will have no people with wealth and a high position, and neither will there be people who are penniless and in a low position. Thus, everybody is equal.
I have a dream that one day people will not have greed or desire for the objects of the five desires—wealth, sex, fame, food, and sleep. They will not harbor hatred against other people, and will also not have an idiotic mind.
I have a dream that one day this world will have no more wars, no more earthquakes. How much the less would it have floods, fires, and other kinds of man-made disasters or natural calamities.
I have a dream that one day everybody will be healthy, without cancer, heart disease, AIDS, madness, and other kinds of diseases that inflict much pain on people.
I have a dream that one day all children will apply effort in their studies, be filial to their parents, and be respectful to their teachers and elders. I have a dream that one day everybody will be a vegetarian, and will refrain from hurting or killing other animals.
How can we achieve such a world? I think that if everybody took and upheld the five precepts of no killing, no stealing, no sexual misconduct, no lying, and no drinking alcohol, then my dream will slowly come true.
If people do not kill, they will not want to fight wars anymore. If people do not steal, they will not desire or envy other people's property. If they do not have sexual misconduct, there will not be so many cases of men chasing women, or women chasing men. If people do not lie, everybody will trust each other. If people do not drink alcohol, there will not be drunk drivers who die in car crashes.
In spite of this, the world is not good enough, because people will still be born, will still grow old, and ultimately will still die. That's why, if people want a perfect world, they should quickly recite Amitaba Buddha's name and wish to be born in his land of Ultimate Bliss! That is my greatest dream.