I’m not a religious man so, the much commented on and impending retirement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is of little consequence to me. That said, much of his ‘hot air’ (in the opinion of some) has warmed the bones of this grumpy and despondent old git over the years, if only others could take on board some of his viewpoints, be they genuine or false.
Sholto suggests the plight of Tibet “would be served far better by a purely political leadership, not one whose “mystical” aura allows for next to no examination or criticism about its aims and its strategies”.
A good point however, we are led by politicians and look at the state we are in! And that’s before we even consider ‘cash for questions‘, any ‘fiddling of expences’, constant ‘Gulf War inquiries’ and hastily adapted party political views or change of heart about promises in party manifesto documents!
As part of his verbal assassination of HHDL, Sholto quotes Christopher Hitchens in the Salon Newsreal in support of his disdain. Hitchens rightly questions some of the issues purportedly supported by HHDL however, the section of his piece which I found of most use, and one which hits a social problematical nail squarely on the head was…
Individuals in our society (but mostly at the top and in power) have descended to disgusting levels of simply saying what they think we want to hear. They deliver Policies and mantra (adjusted and amended at the drop of a hat) which are based solely and simply upon PR spin and the resultant outcome of public popularity polls! The problems arise when we blindly and dutifully follow the words of any muppet, elected or otherwise, without thinking about and trying to understand, where the hot air is coming from, what is the reasoning behind it and most importantly, whether or not we agree with it.
It is insufficient to live your life with the mentality of some robotic cult follower; programmed to possess certain thoughts, beliefs or actions. Likewise, adopting a thought process that leads you to trot out; “I voted oddbod party, like my dad and his father before him, my family are oddbod through and through”, simply displays a total lack of any intellectual ability. You are little better than a forgotten tribe member and possibly on a par with your cousin the ape!
“We need to make an effort to develop our inner values, irrespective of whether we are religious or not” (HHDL)
As I have previously said, on more than one occasion, I am NOT a religious person. I do however have the ability to listen to what others have to say, irrespective of their beliefs. It helps to formulate but doesn’t dictate my own. Some individuals are simply better wordsmiths than I. Therefore, I see no harm in a little social and ethical plagiarism from time to time, especially if it helps me to espouse where my ‘personal’ and ‘genuine’ viewpoint is coming from.
HHDL: If you have peace of mind, when you meet with problems and difficulties they won’t disturb your inner peace. You’ll be able to employ your human intelligence more effectively. But, if your mental state is disturbed, full of emotion, it is very difficult to cope with problems, because the mind that is full of emotion is… biased, unable to see reality. So whatever you do will be unrealistic and naturally fail. (www.dalailama.com)
Over the years I have found quotations and passages that I have both agreed and disagreed with, some have helped me to express the person I am, whilst others have been ignored and dismissed out of hand. What you see and hear (much to the annoyance of some) is actually what you get. I don’t have a PR guru to shape my outward appearance or to provide fancy packaging to disguise the (hopefully) not too substandard content. Unlike many of our political, business, religious and social leaders, my heart is firmly affixed to my sleeve and thus far, it has remained mostly intact.
Why not try matching your inner content with the external packaging some time?
- Dalai Lama’s possible retirement fuels succession fears (guardian.co.uk)
- The Dalai Lama: A very earthly representative (independent.co.uk)
- Dalai Lama gives strong hint at retirement (telegraph.co.uk)
- Goodbye and good riddance to the Dalai Lama (newstatesman.com)