I didn't say they had "objective" opinions (and opinions, by definition aren't "objective"). I said they had opinions different from yours. Nor did I say someone had to accept them. I also don't know anything about them except that one excerpt I posted, and that was found as I was doing a quick google search to find more on what the DL had said with the BBC. I had previously read stuff from HHDL about that time in the 50s in Tibet and his interactions with the Chinese and Mao-iirc even in his own biography/autobiography (not being a walking encyclopedia, I don't have all this at the tip of my fingers).JKhedrup wrote:
Thanks I think I´ll pass on Mr and Mrs Trimondi´s `objective` opinions.
What they mentioned in the link was actually not totally at odds with some of what HHDL has said. In addition, Mao is a much more complex person than folks give him credit for. He wasn't a godless, communist technocrat. There certainly was a spiritual aspect to Mao (he read sutras, etc growing up as a child), both as a person and in the cult of personality that was developed around him. He also was incredibly cultured and educated. The excerpt was actually an interesting read from the standpoint of looking at Mao in a broader sense. (btw, some of their info comes from a book written by Mao's doctor and I can assure you, while I don't know how accurate it is, the book was/is not welcomed or endorsed by the Chinese Communist Party).
As for their statements - so? What's there to be afraid of? As I was mentioning, it's a different way of viewing the world. On a much smaller scale, we've seen this play out on this thread and many other threads on DW (and forums in general). We so often find comfort in seeing the world through our own experiences and ideas and hold tight to them. It's all ego-grasping.