Self-Immolation in China!
And a quote from Hidden Harmonies’ comment section, “In fact, the largest number of self-immolations in the world have occurred in India, but when was the last time you heard that in the press?
In fact, you will observe that even in Tibet, the immolators are not sane-thinking men – they are either monks, nuns, or ex-monks (and yes – I do not count these people as sane, primarily because they follow a corrupted form of Buddhism that is closer to other religions than to actual Buddhism) or teenagers. No adult, rational, human being, has burned himself.
Observing that there are a few Tibetans who are extremely religious and want “independence”, the CCP realized that they need to develop this region as much as other regions in China. They thought that it’s their job to govern, and so they did. The government has given Tibetans a higher average standard of living than one would normally expect in the highest region in the world. They enjoy good transport (as much as can be expected from a mountainous region), increasingly high per capita incomes and infrastructure, and an education system that is better than Tier II cities in India. By 2020, it is expected that Tibetan standards of living will be upto national standards. What a horrible policy.
The plain fact is, the so-called aspirations for Tibetans to have a separate country is no different than the aspirations of Kashmiris, Kurds, Hawaiians, Irish, or of any of the other thousands of separatist movements in the world. But it just receives larger media attention and hence seems “legitimate”.
The real culprit here is not the Dalai Lama, not the CIA, not the media, but religion. Religion has corrupted people’s minds to such an extent that they are willing to do something that the Buddha himself specifically warned against – blind hero worship of one person. They erect statues of the person who was himself against statue worship! Heck, they worship the person who was against worship itself!!
And this is what really is saddening – the claim that the CCP is trying to suppress Buddhist culture – as if somehow the right to keep a photo of the Dalai Lama in your house is more important than having a good school nearby for your kids. The Dalai Lama wants Tibet to go back to the stone age – build monasteries at the expense of schools, erect statues of the Buddha (preferably in Gold) at the expense of roads, and teach children “Buddhism” at the expense of Mathematics and Logic – and then create a society so religious that it leaves the road open to further centuries of serfdom.
On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM, r v wrote:
This guy is full of it:
“The world is paying attention, but not enough,” Mr. Sangay added. “There was a self-immolation in Tunisiawhich was labeled the catalyst for the Arab Spring. We’ve been committed to nonviolence for many decades. And how come we have been given less support than what we witnessed in the Arab world?”
As I have explained before, and Mr. Sangay still don’t wake up to, YES, your TGIE has been at it for MANY decades, without any self-immolations, BUT with early YEARS of ACTUAL violence against others, paid for by CIA.
It’s kinda of disingenuous for your TGIE group to pick up symbolic popular gestures from others this late in the game, and expect others to actually praise you for encouraging people to commit suicide (or for actually holding a half-assed democratic election for non-religious leader after more than 50 years in exile).
The TGIE self-immolation is looking much like TGIE community in India, a tourist trap of a theme park, full of cheesy souvenirs for “cultural” symbols.
The headlines below suggest that India, France, Greece, and Israel are experiencing an epidemic of self-immolations. Our media makes little mention of them, for some reason..
PROTESTING AGAINST FOREIGN OCCUPATION?
Anders Breivik trial: man sets himself on fire outside court (Guardian)
Greece: Man In Debt Sets Himself On Fire