Oppression of human rights and religion inside Tibet.
June 23, 2010
The following quote is by His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama:
"We have bigger house, But smaller families; More convenience, but less time. We have more degrees, but less sense; More knowledge, but less judgment; More experts, but more problems; More medicines, but less healthiness. We have been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor. We build more computers to hold more information to produce more copies than ever, But have less communication. We have become long on quantity, But short on quality. These are times of fast foods, But slow digestion; Tall man but short character; Steep profits but shallow relationships. It's a time when there is much in windows, But nothing in the room."
Perhaps we owe it to ourselves to make the connections and see that we are all inter-dependent in the world.
No action or situation really exists in isolation without causing some kind of effect on the rest of the world around us that will not in one way or the other come back to visit us and our own lives be it good or bad. For this practical reason, standing up for basic human rights and freedoms is critical.
With compassion and skilful effort the victims can be healed. With compassion and skilful effort the oppressors can be educated and prevented from creating further destructive acts which in the end will only come back to harm themselves many fold in the future ahead.
The challenge here is to be mindful with each and every step; not an easy task, but definitely one that is worth the effort regardless of how small and seemingly "insignificant". This is a unifying fundamental aspect to all major world religions; taking full ownership of one's own actions and doing what is truly best for the interests of all living beings around you. Is there really any alternative?