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The Fierce Urgency of Now

Monday, Mar 24, 2008
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I’m sick as a dog. I just got back from a Tibetan Youth Association gathering in Switzerland. I have a massive cold. I’m bunged up with constipation, and jet lag is sitting on my eyelids. Perhaps I did have one too many that last night with my friends, but we couldn’t let go of the conversation, and of the moment – this amazing moment in our history that we are all privileged to be part of. I know the antibiotics I’ve taken are further going to upset my digestion – but I feel fantastic.

It’s so wonderful to live in a world where Tibetans are finally finding a way to take charge of their destiny. China is cracking down hard. We don’t know where it will lead, but we are not going to sit back and give into speculations, second-guessing and losing hope. All we can do is what is what we must do. And we must do it now. Right now.

Senator Barack Obama in one of his speeches (quoting Dr. King) speaks of “The Fierce Urgency of Now“. This is absolutely the spirit with which we must deal with our present crisis. Discussions on long-term strategies are vital, but we must think of immediate ways of keeping the Rangzen flames burning. In the coming days, weeks and months, in between other blogs, I would like to throw out ideas on what we can do. If any of them sound stupid, let me know. Lets have some feedback and your ideas as well. When it comes to ideas my head is like a rabbit’s warren but only one in ten of my inspirations have any legs.

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