Soft Policies on Tough Politics
If I had to ask the Dalai Lama one question concerning the behalf of his exiled government and the status of his people, I know exactly what it would be. How can you preach non-violence and compassion while watching your people in Tibet suffer such inhumane punishments for simply having national and spiritual pride? As an established political and spiritual leader of any given nation, the first and foremost obligation of this office is to maintain and uphold the well-being and overall safety of the peoples of that nation. The Dalai Lama has traditionally held the position of spiritual and political leader within the Tibetan culture, and continues to do so in the exiled Tibetan government since the occupation of Tibetan lands by the communist forces of China. Contrary to the actions of most other nations in this same position, Tibet has decided to take a non-violent approach to defending their country under the instruction of their beloved leader. While some attempts at liberation from the Chinese occupation have been organized and ended up in failure, little resistance has stood in the way of the Chinese government concerning their seizure of Tibet as part of the “motherland of China.” I found it hard to believe that the actions of the Tibetan people under the Dalai Lama’s influence are the right steps towards regaining freedom and independence for their nation, but the more I explore this topic, the more I realize the genius and beauty behind the method. In the following pages, I will explore the ways in which the Dalai Lama has approached the goal of independence from China for his country. Further, I will discuss the reasoning and mindset of...
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