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What will it take, to effect change?

The Dalai Lama was asked by Mother Jones Magazine in 1997 what he thought it would take for China to change its policy toward Tibet.

He responded with:

It will take two things: first, a Chinese leadership that looks forward instead of backward, that looks toward integration with the world and cares about both world opinion and the will of [China’s] own democracy movement; second, a group of world leaders that listens to the concerns of their own people with regard to Tibet, and speak firmly to the Chinese about the urgent need of working out a solution based on truth and justice. We do not have these two things today, and so the process of bringing peace to Tibet is stalled.

But we must not lose our trust in the power of truth. Everything is always changing in the world. Look at South Africa, the former Soviet Union, and the Middle East. They still have many problems, setbacks as well as breakthroughs, but basically changes have happened that were considered unthinkable a decade ago.

I think if we look at our own situation in Bahrain in this enlightened context, we might be looking at a tangible solution to our current problems.


Tweeting wisdoms and dead kings

One of the things I love about Twitter is the occasional “wisdom” one picks up, or a nice idiom or even a pithy and sometimes sarcastic remark that enhances your understanding, or even better puts that niggling question in your mind that makes you search for an appropriate answer.

This morning, intrepid Tweeter funaki who is also a Bahrain-based blogger, tweeted this:

“Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest.”
Denis Diderot

Brilliant quote! Wasn’t there something similar in the Quran or Hadith which says approximately the same thing? In that “whenever a king enters a village, he corrupts it” or something to that effect?

Isn’t it therefore ironic that the majority of Kings and the most ardent clerics remaining in the world, inhabit Muslim lands?