Sunday, December 2, 2012

Exploration 11

Lauren Bernard

English 1110 @10:10

Mike Lohre

November 28, 2012

Exploration 11

                “What these positive changes indicate, is that reason, courage, determination, and the inextinguishable desire for freedom can ultimately win.  In the struggle between forces of war, violence and oppression on the one hand, and peace, reason and freedom on the other, the latter are gaining the upper hand.  This realization fills us Tibetans with hope that some day we too will once again be free.”

-The Dalai Lama’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech

I really like this passage because he gets his point across.  That of course the Tibetans and himself want freedom, but they don’t feel the way to go about that is war and violence.  What the Dalai Lama really wants is for everyone to work together for the movement of peace.  You can tell that he really believes that some day the Tibetans and himself will have freedom, he doesn’t seem to doubt it at all.  But he also makes it clear that they will not be gaining it from killing people through war, but by working together with reason and overall, peace.   

The article from this web link is titled David Cameron banned ministers from speaking to Dalai Lama.  It is so sad that the Dalai Lama is getting banned by people.  When researching him, that was the most upsetting thing to hear.  It is heartbreaking that even today, after all the forward progression people/leaders are still getting banned for preaching peace.  The article plainly states that David Cameron banned all contact with the Dalai Lama during crunch talks with Chinese Government over Euro bailout package.  This article is the very sad truth. 

When I researched the Dalai Lama I came across his real tweeter account.  I know it sounds silly, but even the Dalai Lama is tweeting.  And he is using it to speak out about peace

“On a simple level we find that if we have a compassionate heart we naturally have more friends”

“Past history clearly shows that violence cannot solve problems.”

“Ask yourself, what am I doing about my anger, my attachment, my pride, my jealousy? These are the things we should check in our daily lives.”

Those were just a few of the 860 tweets the Dalia Lama has made.  He even has pictures! He is a very smart man in knowing that with todays techy world, tweeting is one very smart way to speak to the people.

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