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The Dalai Lama vs The ANC – Catch 22…

October 5, 2011

Let me start off by saying that I am not a fan of either.

The ANC have proven to be generally corrupt and self serving.  They have forsaken the very people who have voted them into power.

My personal feelings towards the Dalai Lama are mostly distrust.  Historically Dalai Lama’s have been a cruel bunch.  They have treated their minions as slaves and severely tortured and punished them if they stepped out of line.  I will admit that the current Dalai Lama is endearing and does emit a sense of peace and love.  However he is not an innocent man fighting for world peace.  It is well documented that he has accepted bribes and practices nepotism.

Here is a quote that sums things up nicely : “In fairness to the 14th Dalai Lama, cruelty in old Tibet did not start from his years. But a message from the “great” 5th Dalai Lama can be a meaningful reference: “Commoners of Lhari Ziba, listen to my order: I have authorized Lhari Ziba to chop off your hands and feet, gouge out your eyes, and beat and kill you if you again attempt to look for freedom and comfort.” And the “great” tradition continued until Tibet’s peaceful liberation.”  This quote is from this article.

This week every time a news broadcast comes on reporting on the Dalai Lama wishing to come to South Africa for Desmond Tutu’s birthday party, it has annoyed me no end.  Andre and my business relies almost solely on goods that we import from China.  Should China decide not to trade with South Africa we would be out of business.  As would thousands of other companies in South Africa.  This would mean that we would all be out there beating the pavements looking for a job.  Unemployment is this country is already sitting at around 25%.  We cannot afford to lose any more jobs and for any more businesses to close down.

It is not in South Africa’s interests to cause a political upset with China.  I am very aware of how materialistic this is of me.  And I am not in the least bit ashamed or embarrassed by it.  We all need to put food on the table.  We all need to pay our bills.  Sometimes you have to set aside your ideals for the greater good.  Sunshine and happiness does not tuck you into bed with a full stomach.  Think about how many people would be affected by China dropping our trade agreement, and how few are actually directly affected by the Dalai Lama attending a birthday party.   I do not like the idea that another country gets to dictate to us who may or may not visit our country.  But for something so trivial that could affect us so greatly it’s just not worth it.  It is what it is.  Politics.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Scared & Imperfect Mother permalink
    October 5, 2011 10:43 am

    I fully agree with you on this post. Everybody is going on about this and here I am thinking WTF!!! I don’t really care if he comes or not. Why should I, Why should we as a country care? The alternative is much worse.

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