Free Tibet!

Tibet is not free. It’s not even autonomous even if that’s part of it’s official name. Who is going to do something about it?

My blog is already censored in China (meaning inaccessible) for which reason I don’t think this title will be much of a problem. How can it be anyway? It could be if I was Chinese and living in China. There, the topic Tibet is still as hot as anything and you better don’t mention it. Luckily, I’m not Chinese because I happen to be thinking about that little mountain region with the famous monks.

Those thoughts are all because of a book with the slightly officous subtitle “A Beginner’s Guide to Changing the World”, but really it’s about Tibet. Once you start reading you will appreciate the writer’s, Isabel Losada, relaxed attitude about changing the world – quite a good distraction in that usually so serious business. It’s expressed quite nicely in Losada’s motto: “Act Globally, Think Joyfully”.

Now, what’s the book about? It’s about Tibet but even more it’s about Losada’s quest for the truth about the not-country. Further, it’s her trials and errors in trying to make things better for the Tibetan people. In her own words: “This book explores in a joyful way the old question,’What can one person do to make a difference?'” It’s also about that moment in life when you decide to dedicate yourself to a cause.

Now, Tibet. A little reminder: it’s officially part of China who sees the Dalai Lama (most peaceful person on earth) as a terrorist and puts strong difficulties on the Tibetan people’s possibilities to live their lives and most of all their religion: Tibetan buddhism. Amnesty International is right now calling for the Chinese government to stop the arbitrary detention of people since May 27 because of self-immolations of two young monks. “In November 2011, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch wrote to the Chinese authorities, calling on them to address the policies that have been fuelling the Tibetan self-immolations and deep-seated anger on the part of Tibetans in China.” These acts, I think, speak for themselves.

Isabel Losada’s book “For Tibet with Love” is an inspirational and light piece of writing and I can only suggest you read it this summer. It doesn’t only bring back the important issue of Tibet on your (and with yours hopefully the world’s) agenda but generally the question: what are you doing to change the world?

Here’s Isabel’s Indispensable Things You need To Change the World:

1. A Crazy, Wonderful, Foolish, Positive Plan.
2.ย A Storage Cupboard. To put your TV in.
3. Selective deafness (Complete inability to hear the word ‘no.’)
4. A Coffee Addiction. (Impossible Otherwise)
5. Unconditional Love for Others. 24 / 7.
6. Deranged Friends.ย  (see 7)
7. An irrational desire to do mad things – called ‘fundraising’ (jump out of planes etc)
8. A website that you made yourself and can maintain yourself.
9. An unbalanced sense of humour.
10. Persistence, Joy, Persistence, Joy, Persistence, Joy, Persistence
Joy, Persistence, Joy, Persistence, Joy, Persistence, Joy….

4 thoughts on “Free Tibet!

  1. And number 11 would be exposure of China’s intolerable behaviour via social media sites. Nothing like outing a country to make it take a good long look at itself…oh…and some more coffee please! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m failing here because I don’t have a coffee addiction ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But yes… I hope I’ll come up with good ideas for 7 soon because that’s what my boss told me yesterday: Girl, we better get some funds if we want to continue changing the world…” But luckily I got plenty of 10 ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Excellent! I will have to find a copy of this book!

    Political borders are selfish and imaginary things really. What’s mine is on this side of the line! I appreciate that the Dalai Lama (surprisingly) does not call for independence from China, but rather for greater autonomy. This middle path approach allows China to continue to display power while also allowing Tibetans to enjoy their unique culture. But this sensible approach may be more threatening to China than a call for independence, as it undermines the “us and them” differences that the government has spent decades creating and reinforcing.

    Many of the world’s military’s are planning energy descent strategies. Without oil Beijing will have great difficulty controlling Tibet, so bringing in Han Chinese to settle in Lhasa and culturally assimilate has been a long-term strategy to erode the independence movement. The recent completion of a major railway has been another. Inevitably though, Tibetans will find themselves without Beijing’s heavy hand within just a few decades.

    • As I get to the end of the book, Isabel Losada is raising another important question: What happens if charity/activism is doing more harm than good?

      So yes, I hope you’ll come across some second-hand version of the book ๐Ÿ™‚

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