A Conversation for Ngawang Sangdrol

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Post 61

John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!"

I'd like that.

Thanks for an interesting interesting conversation. I lool forward to chatting again about a happier subject.smiley - smiley


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Post 62

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I am completely in favor of the liberation of Tibet, but there are some things about this story that really bother me (I do not question its truth AT ALL). One thing is that I find it hard to fathom a ten year old having the independent will to take part in the initial demo that this girl was arrested for. It makes me think that someone got her into this mess by radicalizing a child. Religious people of any persuasion are perfectly capable - even eager - to create child-martyrs in this way because they excite the pity of the world as they are doing successfully in this case. Had they instead sacrificed the child to some golden idol as in ancient imes, the anger would be directed at the Buddhist teachers where some of it belongs IF your concern is for this young woman. This in no way exonerates the Chinese from guilt in both the treatment of the woman or the suppression of a people's chosen way of life. Oddly the young Muslim suicide bombers in Israel who are similarly indoctrinated and just a tad older, are not eliciting the same anger at the Israelis in the West as the child martyrs of Tibet manage to elicit against the Chinese in Tibet. But it is the same manipulation by religious fanatics using children to elicit pity and support against a perceived aggressor. I fully agree that if the Tibetan people prefer to be oppressed by a Buddhist thoeocracy rather than an outside force, that they should have this option, just as the Nepalese have the right to be oppressed by the Hindus where conversion from Hinduism is punishable by death, or the people of the American state of Utah have the right to be forced to behave according to the principles of the majority Mormons. I just have a deep suspicion when I hear of ten-year-olds 'choosing' to join rallies against oppression. In fact, anyone who is old enough to choose to demonstrate, is old enough to suffer the penalties they incur. It is not worse because they are ten years old, or women. I oppose any forcible government interaction or the imposing of any outside phlosophy on a people. I do not believe that any missionaries from any faith or system are 'innocent' of a desire to detroy a people's way of life, and to corrode their souls by destroying their system of belief, even if they throw in penicllin and aspirin to ease the smooth the process.

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Post 63

John the gardener says, "Free Tibet!"

That's an interesting observation; and you're right to point out that children are often used as pawns in the political machinations of the adults who control their lives. On the other hand, I think it's important to make the distinction that children aren't being used as political weapons by the Tibetan people. Children like the ten-year-old Ngawang come into conflict with the authorities because they are often the specific targets of sinicization in Tibet and because it is they who are being denied the right to participate in the culture of their parents. It could be argued that any influence on the development of a child is, to some extent, coercive. But, for better or worse, we must all grow in a cultural context of some sort; and it is this which is under attack in Tibet. The important thing to emphasize is the disproportionate and inhumane response by the authorities to peaceful protest, which is only made more outrageous by the youth and innocence of the victims in this case.

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