In one of my classes I have been watching a documentary on the Dalai Lama (10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, you can watch it here ) So I’m learning about how the Chinese invaded Tibet and are trying to wipe out a culture. Millions have died in the 50 years since they invaded, and nothing has been done. Absolutely nothing.
You look on a world map, and look for am Asian country called Tibet; you will not find it. Where did it go? Well according to the Dalai Lama it is in exile since they first had to flee 50 years ago. Since then many peaceful approaches have been made to find a middle ground, but the Chinese will not come to the negotiation table. Millions have had to flee, and millions more have been killed.
Sitting down with my father I dinner I bring this up to him. So I ask, how could the world (Mostly in regards to the Western World) sit by and let this happen? My father gave an answer that I do can agree with, but it is not an answer that I will accept.
"It doesn’t affect us, people are more worried about the economy, their jobs, their families. So why should we care about what happens across the globe?"
As I stated before, I agree with him and that is a reasonable answer. (I am no way trying to paint my dad as being mean and not caring, the guy donates blood once a month and organizes parish donations to help families during Thanksgiving and Christmas) What leaves a bitter taste in my mouth is that I’m 90% sure that if I ask any other American (or Westerner) the same question I will get a similar response.
How does this reflect our culture? How does this reflect a part of humanity? There is a load of information that can be found on this topic. I just want you to reflect on this and think about it. If you want more information head to freetibet.org. Thanks for your time, and happy holidays.