Other Wonders, Tibet

4:54 PM Michael 0 Comments

What does "Free Tibet" mean?
Tibet, before occupation, was a nation with an established sovereign government, currency, postal system, language, legal system, and culture.  The Chinese government claims that Tibet has always been part of China and so in 1949 China entered Tibet. Chinese occupation has resulted in the deaths of at least hundreds of thousands of Tibetans, the destruction of over 6,000 monasteries, nunneries and temples, and the imprisonment and torture of thousands of Tibetans. Tibet's fragile environment is endangered by Chinese strip-mining, nuclear waste dumping, and extensive deforestation. As a part of China's go West Campaign, they encourage Han Chinese to enter promising higher wages and other incentives. Native Tibetians, stripped of basic freedoms of speech and religion, are also evacuated from their homes, land and cattle in exchange for less than $1,500 US dollars, all of which many have not received. The homes they are to move to have very little space to farm. The development and modernization, roads, cards, buildings, in Tibet is harmful to the ancient temples and wonders inside of them. In protest, Tibetans perform terrible, terrible and unfortunately frequent displays of martydom for their country's freedom.
 Two young monks, Lobsang Kalsang and Lobsang Konchok, set themselves on fire in Ngaba county, Eastern Tibet, on 29 September 2011. Both monks are believed to be aged between 18 and 19 years old and are from Kirti monastery in Ngaba. They called for religious freedom and “long live the Dalai Lama” before they set themselves on fire.
So what can we do? We can inform other people about Tibet. :) We live in an insane time when it is so easy to share, tweet, reblog, like information and it touches interface to interface country to country. I don't believe China is a bad country, in fact it is very beautiful and a real treasure. What's the ideal solution? The Dali Lama says it best: "compassion". And while that may feel like a far solution from where we are now, if each of us can have small thoughts of compassion, maybe our physical network/internet, will reblog, tweet, share, like compassion too in the outside world.

For more awesome information about Tibet and it's situation visit
NOVA's "Lost Treasures of Tibet
BetterWorld 2010 Phototstream (Beautiful festival shots) 
I actually first loved Tibet for their beautiful jewelry at the Tibet shop in Adam's Morgan. Here You can see just how colorful and ornate their culture is.

Honestly, I think my curiosity's been rekindled because much of me still feels (and there obviously is) so much to know in this life. And sometimes I feel so wrapped up and distanced from the world. I think most of all I want for myself to learn to live. To realize there are so many calls to life. I want to know what I want to do with mine. So when I was telling Ms. Allison my yearn to go to Indonesia, and she told me how she spent time in Nepal after she completed college. And without really mentioning it, she reminded me how important it is to learn to live. Even if it doesn't make sense to other people. I wanted so much, so quickly. But it's also important to let the universe give you what you need, and then we can get back to our heart's desire. I too hope you someday receive yours Tibet. Best wishes.

I've linked the photos to their original source, otherwise I linked it to the search I performed. If any of these images belong to you do let me know and I will quickly give correct credit or remove the image if you'd prefer :)  <3