Here is an excellent example of exactly how twisted American culture and perspective has become.
At a stadium speaking event with the Dalai Lama recently at which I could only look around and think, "This is why we can't have nice things."
Concession stands open, selling a steady stream of corn dogs.
Sorority girl with high heels, mini skirt, and giant tub of popcorn.
The University President choosing to make "branding" the first interaction with the Dalai Lama.
Every Catholic priest in attendance, presumably in an attempt to not be outdone by the Dalai Lama and his monk brigade in their red robes, dressed in full white and green vestments.
Upset Facebook conversations when the Dalai Lama reveals himself to be exactly what he is, human. Especially strange as he specifically discussed his own need to be seen as just another person, that being seen as the Dalai Lama can only create loneliness.
Ten thousand white, middle class liberals jumping up and down, waving their arms and yelling at the Dalai Lama, because that is what Americans do when they get excited. This too, was something the Dalai Lama had just said we could stop doing so much of, suggesting more moderation of behavior.
Perhaps we all need to accept the idea that, just like us, the Dalai Lama is no more than a simple human being, and should be treated as such. To expect a message more groundbreaking than that from a Buddhist monk is certainly missing the point.
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