Thursday, September 29, 2016
I received a letter from the Dalai Lama along with a solicitation for funds on behalf of an organization working to bring relief to the oppressed people of Tibet. In the letter, his Holiness made a poignant and convincing case on behalf of his country and his people. He described how a hostile totalitarian regime had seized hold of his country, perverted the religious and historical cultural values of the people, and was seeking to reduce their freedom through fear and intimidation. Communist China had brought in all the apparatus of a police state and was spying on the Tibetan people and encouraging them to turn in their neighbors. A system of secret prisons had been created where enemies of the state are held without charges and tortured.
I was moved by this sorry state of affairs and considered replying to the Dalai Lama's letter. In my reply, I would have said that I understood all too well the pain and anguish that he must endure on a daily basis as he watches his country being strangled and enslaved. I have great empathy for his Holiness because I witnessed the same tide rising in my own beloved country for more than a decade. The religious fanatics, extremists, and assorted war criminals who took control of my own government for eight years under Bush & Cheney presented the same kind of threat to the United States of America. While the process in Tibet is much further advanced than it is in my homeland, we were clearly moving in the same direction for far too long, and the efforts of the current administration to reverse the tide have been disappointing and insufficient. One shudders to think of what might happen should the right wing religious extremists seize control of the government again and seek to impose their fundamentalist world view on the rest of us.
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