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February 14, 2011

China and Dalai Lama Meeting?

There is talk that the Dalai Lama nad China will be meeting to have talks about the uprising in Tibet. This is a great development in an unfortunate situation. However, soon after the news hit that the Dalai Lama was ready to have dialogue with the Chinese government, there were more verbal attacks from the latter. Now I know that there are two sides to every story and that I haven’t lived in Tibet, ever, but I do want to say this.

So, last Sunday when I went to se the Dalai Lama, there were plenty of protesters in front of the venue. Now, I am always open to a good protest and people standing up for what they believe. Even though I was there to see the Dalai Lama, I was willing to listen to the issues that the protesters were stating. Unfortunately, the issues were pretty shallow, in my opinion. There were signs that said “Don’t Ruin The Olympics! And “Olympics And Politics Do Not Mix!” Okay, so, like I’ve stated before, the big protest are about someone ruining China’s big party? Come on. If there are issues, valid ones, protest and tell the world why there should be no protest in Tibet and give good reasons for the exile of the Dalai Lama. Clue the world in with valid arguments that maybe, just maybe, you will win some support.

China has come a long way in the past fifty years. Outside of their shaky human rights history, China seems like a place I would want to visit. The Olympics will be wonderful and athletes will go there and give each competition their all. People around the global will travel to China to cheer on their countries and loved ones and the event will be a great success, most likely. However, the more that China goes on the defense, the more it looks like there are reasons to suspect that there is something going on in Tibet that the Chinese government does not want us to know about.

I love the Olympics, and I will watch some events, I’m sure, but I do wonder, what does the Chinese government not want us to know? Hopefully, talks between China and the Dalai Lama start soon and some type of agreement can be met. I hate the fact the people fight over pieces of the earth, like man could ever truly own parts of such a magnificent creation as the earth. It always disturbs me when people can not live with one another simply because they are different. It also troubles me when one group things that they are the rightful owners of any stretch of land. It is a simple, silly notion, but would it be possible for all of the cultures living in Tibet to co-exist? Could we extend that notion to the Middle East and the lands there that blood is shed in the name of ownership for an endless amount of time? Why can’t we live with one another? When will humans reach that level of elementary understanding that the land we live on is there both before and after we live on it and there is no reason to fight over it.

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