“Tibet will Rise Again”?

I have observed with no small degree of fascination, the obsession people have with “freeing” Tibet. I’ve wondered if the same people who vehemently oppose war would oppose it if the goal was “liberating” the region from China.

Having spoken with a Chinese co-worker in the past, he conveyed to me that the Western press oversimplifies things and that Westerners have no business meddling in Chinese internal affairs. Needless to say, he’s not the world’s biggest Dalai Lama fan.

The Dalai Lama, of course, is the exiled leader of the Tibetan people. The current one is referred to as “His Holiness”. How a Buddhist is addressed with such a moniker is puzzling, given the fact that Buddhism, to my limited knowledge, doesn’t deal in “holiness” but I digress.

Why do I bring this up? Because the Chinese government has done something which will not endear it to either the “Free Tibet” crowd or much anyone else in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

They went out on a limb and made the following analogy,

Lincoln:Secessionist South::China:Tibet under the Dalai Lama

No they didn’t, well actually yes they did. Check it out here.

How long before the following composite makes its way to the streets of Dixieland?

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Se7en Years in Tibet: The Aftermath

Currently reading selections from James W. Sire’s seminal work, “The Universe Next Door”. At the end of the chapter in which he lays out the pantheistic worldview, Sire describes the trek of the Westerner who goes East to “search for meaning and significance”,

Many, of course, drop out along the way, try to take a shortcut to Nirvana through drugs, or cop out, come home and take over their family’s corporation, reentering the West and leaving the East behind with little more than a beard left to show for it (That gets trimmed before the first board meeting and removed before the second.)

Who says academicians are humorless people? For a pre-board meeting example of what Sire might be talking about, see below: