Well the Dalai Lama was in CNY this week and the 77 year old Holy Man managed to capture the hearts of all. His message was especially interesting to me....for years since I was a child I dreamt of meeting the High Lama of Tibet and climbing to the city in the mountains where he lived. I had all sorts of dreams then and to this day I often paint pictures of high peaks. I laugh because my mother who slaughtered words sometime called him the "Deli Lama"...and I tend to do the same thing out of humor.
I would have loved to have been at one of his panel discussions or at the concert at the Carrier Dome..but unfortunately I could not...
In these weeks of debates and news stories on Iran, Syria and Afghanistan... talk of war was cheap and my feelings are that we like to talk about war in terms of helping people out... At a dinner recently when I mentioned the death toll of soldiers in Afghanistan one person said.."Well they are paid soldiers"....mercenaries..
Well we all too often forget the other deaths.."Collateral Damage" they are called. So I went on line to find a figure of those civilian deaths in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars ....go ahead type it into Google and be shocked! Some estimates vary but one thing does not, the number of soldiers killed is minimal in comparison to the thousands of citizens killed by and trapped by war. This does not mention the horror of these scenes to the children living in it..those children who will no doubt hate the invaders.....and not understand what it was about..Religion???Hate??? Or was it OIL???
So to me the Lama's message is like prayer sent out to the ether above....understanding and education and learning about one another, and excepting one an-others faith, institutions, culture and need - are the only ways to make peace in the world.... Hatred, bullying, rattling sabers and talking war only brings out the worst in people and in countries who also feel patriotic to their country, customs and beliefs.
I came from that crazy group of people called the "Love Generation".."Make Love not War".... Where have we gone? Have we forgotten Viet Nam.. Is it because soldiers join and are not drafted? War is War! But for War there must be better reasons than a boost to the economy or threats like.."Weapons of Mass destructions"- or OIL!
Let's all look at each other in this world that is growing smaller every day..in a different light... Let us teach our children to do it...let us reach out to others in a more peaceable way daily... Maybe in something simple like toning down the rhetoric on line on the different candidates for a start!