Letters to the West

seven years in Tibet-in-Exile (and counting …)

Who the heck are you?

and why do you think you have the right to mouth off?

I am living this, every day. There are a lot of thoughts in my head, and they are always wanting to pour out of my fingers. I could still keep them to myself. It’s not like there aren’t already hundreds of websites about Tibet, and millions of people shooting off their mouths all over the internet.

But — many Tibetans have this fantasy that westerners care about Tibet, and that if a westerner tells other westerners, those westerners will do something about it. I do not share this fantasy. But Tibetans encouraged me to make my thoughts public, and as always every day, i am their servant.

and hiding behind anonymity at that!

Every time i have tried to draw attention to the Tibetans’ story, it has ended up with attention being paid to me. Even explicit requests to contact public, knowledgeable, vocal Tibetans were ignored. It is like running up to people to tell them there is an auto accident, or a house on fire, and they pick you up and put you on a litter garlanded with flowers and carry you around praising you, oh how selfless you are to care about those people lying back there bleeding in the wreck. This incenses me — i find it unbelieveable and unforgiveable.

Maybe if i was Richard Gere, and using my popularity to at least get people to look in the general direction of Tibet (not that they are going to do anything about it other than “oooh” and “aaaah”) … but i’m not. I’m not a public person by nature. And doing public things interferes with what i am doing, a job which seems to be helpful since i am often requested by Tibetans to do it, and which does suit my nature … so hopefully i am at least a little bit useful.

Why do you keep saying all this negative stuff …

like “not going to do anything about it” and “this fantasy that westerners will do something”? and insulting Americans, calling them “sheep”!

Because i want you to prove me wrong.

Not the big anonymous cloud of internet you, the public you: I mean you, the sentient being whose eyeballs are glazing over at this page right now.
Not by talking or writing — just like i tell my students, i don’t want to hear a lot of theory and blah-blah. Show — by your life and your actions — that there is compassion in action in the world.

Why this is not an interactive blog

I write this in the spirit of the Precious Teachings of the Twelve Steps (which are
derived from Buddhism), where each person has their say, but can speak only about themselves, and not engage in the self-serving social rituals of rebuttal, debate, and stroking.

“Take what you like and leave the rest.”

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Written by walker

7 September 2007 at 11:14 am

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