Every moment we are faced with a multitude of choices about the world we live in. What we focus on and what we believe in directly impact on how we feel. Certain choices immediately infect us with lethargy, depression and despair whilst other choices make the world a brighter place in which to live and bring hope, joy and sometimes a smile. The great news is that despite the constant barrage of bad news we are still in control of making our choices.
For example, consider that we can all choose between two worlds: 1) A world where Tibet will never be free and 2) A world where Tibet will be free. I choose to live in a Tibet will be free world. It makes me happier.
I choose a world where Tibetans will be free to practice their language and religion without persecution, where Tibetans can rejoice in their rich culture without the secret and the not very secret police outnumbering them. I choose a world where unrestricted Tibetan prayers reverberate across the icy top of the world, across the wide plateau that gives birth to the greatest rivers in Asia.
When I use the word free I support the middle path approach whereby Tibetans have true self determination within China which is the policy offered by the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile. Considering that China invaded an independent Tibet in 1950 this is a massive concession on the part of the Tibetans.
I don’t ignore the negative news; the cessation of media access to Tibet, the 125 self-immolations by Tibetans protesting against the continued Chinese suppression, the regular imprisonment and torture of Tibetans, the outrageous economic bullying by China when a world leader meets with the Dalai Lama.
Despite “the facts” I still choose to live in a world where the non-violent Tibetan struggle is successful, where Tibet will be free. I can’t help but smile when I think about a Free Tibet.
In choosing a world where Tibet will be free I do what I can to help bring it about. If enough people believe that Tibet will be free and do just a little, like sign up to Tibet support organisations then it will happen.
Two worlds are possible: Which world do you choose to live in and what are you going to do about that?
Written by Daniel Prokop author of ‘Taking it With You’