We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Truth About Tibet and Dalai Lama

Click here to access article by Eirik Granqvist, a Finnish scholar, for The 4th Media.

This unusual author, who appears to be a zoologist, provides an interesting historical report on the controversial Dalai Lama and Tibet. 

Whenever the Dalai Lama shows up anywhere in the US (for example, see this) he is regarded as something like a saint: schools teaching is suspended, the students are bused to hear him speak, and he is sure to be rewarded with widespread, adoring media coverage. Because of a dearth of information about Tibet and this Buddhist priest other than obvious propaganda, I know very little about this phenomenon except that he has been used by the CIA in operations against Communist China. Thus, I have little basis to evaluate this author's brief history except that it has a ring of authenticity to it. (Actually, some memories of mine are coming back of reports I read a long time ago which conform to his description of the history of the Buddhist sect's religious rule of Tibet.)
...the CIA created the myth of the “father of the nation” fighting for the “freedom” of Tibet. The Dalai Lama may have ceased to be politically important, but the myth created around him survives.