"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Where's The Morality?

Barack Obama has refused to meet with HH The Dalai Lama in Washington this week for fear of upsetting the Chinese who have increased pressure on governments around the world to shun the exiled leader.

Since 1959 the world has stood by and watched with folded arms as Tibet has been invaded, raped, plundered and colonised by China. Tibetans have been imprisoned, tortured and murdered in the most vile of circumstances and many have attempted to flee across the Himalayas to sanctuary in Nepal or Northern India. Those refugees who aren't shot by Chinese guards and survive the journey are often deeply traumatised and need urgent medical aid; limb amputations necessitated by frostbite are common.

And all the while the world sits back and watches in silence. Bad karma. Sometimes I look around and think the End of Days is just around the corner.
Never give up
No matter what is going on
Never give up
Develop the heart
Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart
Develop the heart
Be compassionate, not just to your friends but to everyone
Be compassionate
Work for peace in your heart and in the world
Work for peace and I say again
Never give up
No matter what is happening
No matter what is going on around you
Never give up.

His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Ocean of Wisdom, May 1994

6 comments:

  1. I think it is fairly safe to say that Obama is bringing about a period of Appeasement to America.

    While that may solve problems in the short term, the problems such a stance may gain in the long term are ugly ones. Chamberlain was an appeaser as well. Not a good sign.

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  2. Yes, it was on the cards before he was elected so it isn't surprising - disappointing though. Blair snubbed the DL as well. I don't like to see them fawning and falling over backwards to appease any oppressive regime.

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  3. Does anyone know what is the general opinion among ordinary Tibetans of the Dalai Lama? He scarpered when the Chinese invaded, hasn't been back to Tibet for 50 years. In 1951, he signed an agreement with the Chinese, which he now claims was 'under duress'. Etc. etc.

    There is a lot to be examined in the historical actions of 'His Holiness'.

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  4. On the whole he's revered by them Edgar. Some of the younger generation have seen where fifty yrs of non-violent opposition to the Chinese have got them and are becoming more aggressive lately but essentially they adhere to Buddhist principles - it's just a way of life.

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  5. Obama will have lost a few more brownie points as far as his plummeting popularity level is concerned in America, GV. Obama, Tony B. Liar's evil twin - hard to say which is the worst of the two.
    We are all being forced into being a bit too fucking chummy with China - the direction the EU, Labour and Obama are following is taking us ever-closer to being ruled the same way! God, help us all!

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  6. True Spider - Tibet's a celebrity cause over there so let's see if the likes of Sarandon speak out.

    Early morning ramblings: NWO - Brazil, olympics; Russia, no siting of missiles in Poland; India, millions in foreign aid whilst having own space/nuclear programme; China, turn a blind eye. BRIC countries - appeasement all round.

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