Answers to Terrorism

This short piece is taken from Ode Magazine. You can view it here.

The Dalai Lama´s Answer to Terrorism

The Progressive (Jan. 2006), an American leftist monthly, asked the Dalai Lama for the sources of terrorism—and its solution. Here’s his response:
“Just after September 11, some reporter asked me why terrorism happens. I told him that my view is that such acts are not possible unless you have very strong hatred and very strong willpower and determination. That tremendous hatred comes from many reasons. The causes of this hatred may be going back centuries. Some people say that the West has a cruel history. These people also may see the achievements of Western countries—in terms of the economy, education, health and social achievements—as a result of exploitation of poorer countries, including Arab countries. Western nations get rich by using resources such as Arab oil. Meanwhile, the countries supplying them raw materials remain poor. Due to such injustices, jealousies are created. Then, there’s perhaps a religious factor. In some places, there’s the concept of one religion, one truth. In the Muslim world, there’s the notion of Allah. The Western, multi-religious modern society is some kind of a challenge to this. These, I feel, are the main causes, and, when combined with lots of anger and frustration, cause a huge amount of hate.
“The countermeasures for such things are not easy. … At the general public level we must cultivate the notion of not just one religion, one truth, but pluralism and many truths. We can change the atmosphere, and we can modify certain ways of thinking. Then, second, there should be a spirit of dialogue. Whenever we see any disagreements, we must think how to solve them on the basis of recognition of oneness of the entire humanity. This is the modern reality. When a certain community is destroyed, in reality it destroys a part of all of us. So there should be a clear recognition that the entire humanity is just one family. Any conflict within humanity should be considered as a family conflict. We must find a solution within this atmosphere.”

1 comment:

Prophet said...

I've always admired the Dalai Lama for his sensible and pragmatic viewpoints. Note how he refrains from using vague statements ("Axis of Evil, If you're not with us, you're against us") and gets right to the root of the problem. His methods and views make him a very good Sporkist.