"I'm not happy about the way the Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And then this earthquake and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that karma? When you're not nice that the bad things happen to you?"
Dear Ms Stone,
I am sure you mean well, and I'm not happy about China's treatment of Tibet either, but are you aware of the following facts:
- > The mountainous western part of Sichuan, where the earthquake struck, was historically part of Tibet before China annexed it.
- > Many, perhaps the majority, of the people in this region are ethnic Tibetans.
- > China is not a democracy.
So are you saying that Tibetans are being karmically punished for the way a government they did not choose and have no control over treats their ountry? And is it "kind" to tell five million people who have lost their homes, their possessions, their jobs and in many cases their children that it's their own fault for having the misfortune to live in a dictatorship?
How do you apply your theory to the events in Burma? Already suffering the karmic burden of having to live in a country controlled by a corrupt clique of crooks, many of them are now suffering a double dose of bad karma from the recent destructive cyclone.
Furthermore, if people's misfortune can be seen as a karmic payback for the evil done by their government, how do you view 9/11? After all, a succesion of elected American governments has done a lot of questionable things in various countries around the world.
In fact, do you even know what you are saying? Or should you do a little more research and analysis and thinking things through before making political statements in future?