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:
2. A Storage Cupboard. To put your TV in.
4. A Coffee Addiction. (Impossible Otherwise)
5. Unconditional Love for Others. 24 / 7.
6. Deranged Friends. (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.
Joy, Persistence, Joy, Persistence, Joy, Persistence, Joy….