Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Possible Solutions for Resolving This Situation (#5)

It may not be the most simple or comfortable place to start, but I believe that the beginning of finding the solution to such a mess as this may be in seeing from the colonizer's viewpoint. After all, that is the root of the issue and if we do not seek to understand other perspectives, all we're left with is more war, disconnection, hopelessness and embitterment. Even from a somewhat moderate point-of-view, it is difficult to see China as anything but a senselessly tyrannical usurper without any real defense for their injustices. I think it is encoded in our cultural mindset through media that in every story there is a bad guy. He is fundamentally evil; there is nothing underneath that worth finding, and any attempt at sympathy or understanding, even of rehabilitation is misplaced. This demonization may pass unnoticed in the movies, but it is very dangerous to not question our understanding of real world instances of wrong-doing. After all if the "bad guy" is irredeemable, the only answer is for his story to end in a battle, which only in the movies is he guaranteed to lose.
Which brings me to my dismissal of solution one: war. I do not think the solution is for Tibet to remilitarize and to go to war against their long-time oppressor, nor do I believe that the U.S.of A., or any other country for that matter, ought to attack China for great justice. In my shallow pool of experience and my education on these things, war does not end War. I do not believe that China could be possessed with some evil, war-mongering gene that needs to be extinguished, but that the country of the colonizer itself has undergone difficult and complex developments which have left those in power with a sense of needing to recreate the republic and defend the communism state's authority and values -- namely unity -- and the people of China somewhat jaded by the political system and preoccupied with their own survival. I am not attempting to reject the communist ideology, only to honestly consider the experiences of people within this system, from what I know to be true. So here is my impossible solution: I think that the country of China itself is in need of rehabilitation and restoration. Of course that does not answer the question of Tibet and its independence; I have some thoughts on that as well.
Due to unprecedented progress made by the newly-elected Tibetan prime minister in the discussion between Tibet and China, the Dalai Lama who has been in exile for more than half of a century is planning a return to his country and will endeavor "to build confidence and understanding" with China through open discussion. I am assured by his devotion to his government and his faith that any compromises he will make in these dealings will not sacrifice or diminish the lives of the Tibetan people. It is possible that the change and renewal of Tibet that the colonized people have hoped for has already begun.

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