“Very well written, and very helpful in understanding the duality people face with "mental healthcare professionals." If everyone who was diagnosed as bipolar was, we sure would be in a pickle....(if you follow the strict definition of what it is, and how serious it can sound) Same thing holds for A.D.D......real conditions, suffered by few, are extrapolated out to overmedicate millions of americans into passiveness. Why is adventure seen as danger? It can be, but judgement plays into the decisions too; correct? I have heard a similar pick-up truck story, and it went terribly wrong.....but that was a teenaged country boy, and a predator. Bottom line? We all take calculated risks in life....or, never live. Courageous article, Brett! Keep up the great work! :-D”
“Excellent article, very accurate and real.....just like Brett. I have watched him over the past couple of years evolve into exactly what he discribes. All art, to be good, has to be honest. Brett's is, and gets better and better every day. To do the mammoth amount of work he does on this is simply amazing, and speaks to his discipline and perseverance. I didn't know about the speech therapy thing until reading this article, but it makes total sense now....as a person learns these character traits through that kind of process (I have a son who had similar situation, and ended up graduating from West Point in electrical engineering) Brett doesn't sit around expecting the world to do things for him, and whining when it doesn't (hence his heads and shoulders rise over most gay men who live life like its a cotton candy fest) His video is rough, but equally amazing in its reality....and because it was done totally on his own; imagine where he will be when a smart label picks him up? At a time when things have become too massaged, formulaic, and highly photo-shopped; it is a refreshing reminder of real life to experience Brett. Its time for the world to return to real, and folks like Brett will be leading the changing tide....... Keep going, Brett! :-)”
“That is what the CCP would have you believe, and they are good at their misinformation. There were human abuses in history....but they Buddhist side self corrects those errors. No one is lily white....but slavery in 1957? No. Even in history,Less than the United States, and that isn't yours or my fault, is it?”
“You provide a good, and accurate, description "TrueWIne" but don't waffle on these people's sacrifices, as that would reduce them to nothing....when they did the ultimate sacrifice a human could do.....just like any martyr. I expect the Dalai Lama would agree with your "not convinced it is good", as we all know that karma ripples out....meaning that cause and effect come out in unpredictable ways, so the 'safest' way is to not perpetuate any violence, bad speech, hurtful actions, etc.. But, the extremeness of the situation has spurred Tibetans who have lived under the oppression to 'speak out' in this way. I think its more the "karmic" after effect of China, INC tyranny than the initiation of anything new. We haven't lived their lives, and frankly I would have lost it long before now.... I spent a month there, and couldn't wait to leave....the mental torture is that bad....constant assault on your peace of mind...Horrible, and 10 times as hard on the sensitive people. Frankly, their act of Immolation is probably the most peaceful they have felt in their lives.... Scary thought, eh? :-(”
TrueWine on Apr 3, 2012 at 23:42:16
“Thank you for your comments. I have heard from Tibetans that it is horrible to just live in Tibet as you said, and I can only imagine what it would be like..it is heart-rending that this human catastrophe that is the daily onslaught of fear and inability to live as oneself could be happening to the peaceful people of Tibet. And it is criminal that the Tibetan Buddhism crushed there could have helped Chinese people in their struggles and help many in the future, that is a great loss to humanity.
They are very brave, the immolators, and I respect them, as they make this heartfelt plea to China and the world.”
“They are, because Tibet is going to be "the candle in the night" to all.
Your not understanding is due to a couple of things....chief of which is professionally managed, almost maniacal, misinformation.....for well over 50 years. If you had a chance to see and learn all the facts you would not only understand, but wholly support what the Tibetan Buddhists are doing. They get it from both sides....radical religious groups and atheists....even though their philosophy is compatible with other religions or no religions. Its mostly about self evolving....self discipline....self improvement, but not at the expense of others. Its not a missionary or recruitment religion like so many that upset us all.....its more like a school of thought, practices (like meditation, tons of mantras, etc ;-) Where teachers/mentors, assist inquiring minds to develop. Maybe you might trying to inquire? :-)”
“"AllegroTroppo" Wen King is an expert on Tibet. Duh! And, a fair and reasonable person. Given her losses in family/friends, she is exhibiting extraordinary restraint (something that is hard for Western children to understand)
The Dalai Lama has no control over these events.... Since he was unable to get China, INC and the West to settle this for 50 + yrs (all the time keeping extremists at bay) Tibetans are going their separate ways. I am sure it kills him to think of the suffering of these 33 people.....he would never order, or encourage it. Because of this, more radical Tibetans think him weak....so they will do more....lots more...unless things get resolved. Attacking the Dalai Lama is like attacking Mother Theresa....get a clue. You want to call Dalai Lama "immoral"? Dude, don't even know where to start to clear up that ignorant statement.”
AIlegroTroppo on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:20:18
“There's a huge difference between expertise and advocacy.
Being the self-anointed expert doesn't give him/her the right to distort the facts. Quite the contrary.
I stand by by my statement: Dalai Lama's unwillingness to forcefully address the subject ( specially him calling these acts "courageous") is wrong and immoral.”
“Your numbers are wrong.....and "facts" incorrect.
Tibetan population = 6 million-ish, Han chinese influx/relocation into Tibet? Over 7 million. Their high speed train brings in many thousands a day (a train the Mao started to build in order to meet his goals. This does not include the millions of Tibetans in the 1950's and 1960s that were forced to bear children of Han soliders.....the "assimilation" process is one of the most evil to be conceived, and its being played out....
The other fact you omit, is that the size of Tibet (even though formerly inaccessible) is a huge portion of the property claimed by this "Mao-ist/communist/twisted capitalistic Dynasty" (God knows what history will call this period; but we will all be glad when its over. Chinese Dynasties come and go.....and unless this one lets go of Tibet soon, it will be its sudden downfall ;-)”
tphuang on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:26:28
“Please provide facts before you make such statements. Here is Tibet's population according to the United Nations. http://www.unescap.org/esid/psis/population/database/chinadata/tibet.htm
" Population: 2.62 million (the 2000 population census) "
I really doubt it has more than doubled in 12 years.
From all of the articles I read, most of Han population are there only for part of the year (the warmer part) and go away in the harsher month. In all of my times in the country, there was no such forced migration to Tibet. Mao time never had the technology to build a train there, so this was done only recently. I don't see what's wrong with building a train to Tibet. It allows a lot of visitors from China and the rest of the world to see the beauty of the land. Most of the visitors who take the train (which is not high speed btw) to Tibet are going there for tourism. Please find sources to support your point.”
HanMeiRen on Apr 3, 2012 at 09:21:38
“"..the millions of Tibetans in the 1950's and 1960s that were forced to bear children of Han soliders.."
This is an accusation I hear for the first time.
Care to share any evidence to support your claim?”
“First, the religion does not encourage this AT all. Second, its not religion per se...its more a teacher/student/mentor thing....involving daily practices to mental self discipline....against all violence, pain, hurt. Why? Because Buddhists are surrounded by a sea of hate and violence. (i.e. witness history of Asia....lots of slaughter, by the 100,000's of thousands at a time...hint: Hindu and Muslim wars ;-)
So, these people decide to to the ultimate violence....against themselves....just for the purpose that ignorant people like you will wake up & understand the perpetual pain some peoples live in Every day. They want the world to see/feel the pain of millions....so people will FInally step up to China, INC and stop it. Naive, I know....but remember, they look to the tiny spark of good in people like you (unlike me, a bad Buddhist in comparison ;-) instead of the huge area of ignorant, and damaging as a result.”
“Something you need to know... First, it is a different culture in a totally different hostile world environment. So, many kids are safer in monasteries...They get taken care of, fed well, educated. Many leave "a monks" life as they hit their 20s. Its not indoctrination, its true kindness.”
MrSkye on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:21:25
“The life of Tibetan monks is strict and ordered. They are isolated from the outside world and become devoted to their religion. They often come from poor families, from neglect and abuse, and are grateful for the opportunity of being in an monastic order. They lead simple but sufficient lives, are dependent upon each other, and have very little real world experience. It is the perfect condition for fanatacism. And they should be told that their noble suicide does nothing but end their existence.”
s002wjh on Apr 3, 2012 at 10:03:36
“by educated, you mean study religion, and how dali lama is a god etc etc. yea i don't call that education.”
“Pls. distribute this article far and wide. We have to keep all of this in the "mind's eye" of the public. The less than dramatic "results" noted in this article (vis-a-vis other examples of immolation) is due to the tight management of information of China, INC and fearful Westerners... They don't want to get on bad side of China, INC....so, we are complicit in the tragedy that has been Tibet for last 50+ years. Kissinger/Nixon did the bad deal, but we turned a blind eye to it in favor of profits on cheap goods (and, to be fair it was very well hidden by media & govts) It isn't hidden now...and this is Tibetan Buddhist world's last gasp...or delivery. Lets do what we can to assure that it is delivery :-) Tibet is a litmus test to the world...to walk the talk. By freeing Tibet, we take a major step in freeing the world from the tyranny of a myopic 'economic existence' vs. truly living, and supporting the nurturance, of life. If we miss this clear cut chance to save what is good, we surely consign the world to a slow death.”
Pod-gers on Apr 3, 2012 at 14:33:40
“LOL This is being funded by those US NGOs who want to seperate Tibet from 'commie' China. dalai Lama and his followers are supported at US taxpayers expense, and he is an asset of the CIA.”
Mar 21, 2011 at 13:11:40
“"Is it homophobic to say Hollywood shoves gay down America's throats, or at least in our faces?"
That statement alone drips with homo-phobe rhetoric and weird double entendres ....
Yes, the show was particularly gay last week. But for that one on screen kiss how many hetro kisses have you seen? That is one against millions. So, if you don't like it; dont watch it. But for many people who struggle with orientation issues, its kind of reassuring to see normal people doing normal things....regardless of gender. There is no violence and wanton slaughter with guts and gore on that show. Just kids who are out of place trying to get along. How Or what that has to do with taxes and Obama? I don't know.... Again, you paint the terrible picture through your words.....not through anyone's innocuous actions.”
Regardless of some random (company sponsored ;-) comments below, anyone who tries to defend that mess is either on the take, afraid of losing their job for complicity, or incredibly clueless. In any case, the tide has turned against moronic/hateful humor. The policy of "Anything for a buck" is finally ending. If people have anything left from Wall Street's raping of their retirements (via 401K scam of "risky stock,but possible high return";-) I doubt they will flush it down the toilet on GroupOn IPO.What would those clowns do with $15 billion? Refund more Japanese meals gone wrong (their latest fiasco?)
Bottom line? GroupOn and Ad agency have opportunity to fix this, but show no contrition;and still have wanks posting "oh its not so bad" comments all over, hoping people are too dumb to remember from one week to the next. They have a short time to correct their mistake in a big way...or? Tank :-(”
“Don't like anyone disagreeing with you? Who ever you are? ;-)
Can't see what violated policy in my last comment; as I merely stated that this kind of humor....mocking genocide....is the same kind of humor that circulated about the Jews while they were being shipped off to concentration camps to be baked. Its far from Monty Python......that was just juvenile and graphic. This humor was juvenile and denigrating to an entire race/nation on the verge of extinction. Not many healthy people find that humorous.
Now, people might not be informed enough to understand the horror of this humor. But we know now that GroupOn and their ad agency did, and did it anyway.....just to create a buzz to sell stock. (aka using the plight of nation for personal gain)
This kind of 'humor' "fits comfortably within" the trash can. By minimizing its negative connotations, you end up being complicit in its marginalization/objectification of people. Once people are objectified, then that means they have the feelings/rights of a piece of furniture. That is when atrocities begin. So, understanding humor with an edge is important. Watch Stewart or Colbert to understand how to do that correctly.”
Feb 14, 2011 at 08:20:12
“Regardless of some random (company sponsored ;-) comments below, this epic fail of GroupOn, their venture group, and their ad agency (Crispin Porter + Bogusky)is going to go down in history as the most immature and ill conceived mess of our times.
Just look at the numbers here: 46- 49% of those who voted, say "completely inappropriate"
Anyone who tries to defend that mess is either on the take, afraid of losing their job for complicity, or incredibly clueless. In any case, the tide has turned against moronic/hateful humor. The policy of "Anything for a buck" is finally ending. If people have anything left from Wall Street's raping of their retirements (via 401K scam of "risky stock, but possible high return" ;-) I doubt they will flush it down the toilet on GroupOn IPO. What would those clowns do with $15 billion? Refund more Japanese meals gone wrong (the latest fiasco of mismanagement?)
Bottom line? GroupOn and Ad agency have opportunity to fix this, but show no contrition...and still have wanks posting "oh its not so bad" comments all over, hoping people are too dumb to remember from one week to the next. They have a short time to correct their mistake in a big way, or tank.”
“When we marginalize groups of people, and condone their objectification (by engaging in sick humor) thats when the hurt begins. It reduces peoples to caricatures and 'objects' to be bought and sold, used and discarded. When you go down that road of insensitivity holocausts are rationalized. Always question sick humor. The best humor has an edge of truth, but doesn't use that to cut off heads. Humor hasn't left America....watch Stewart or Colbert. Just twisted crap is on its way out, thank god. The Ad agency/GroupOn, and their venture group stepped over the line; big time, just to hype up a scammy $15 billion IPO. Would you trust your 401k retirement money with that mess?”
“Where is the humor in genocide? Especially when you can do something about it, and are too lazy to do anything? (i.e. this is like the time they were baking Jews, and people had convenient memories and thought about the great real estate deals in Germany) Go ahead, be lazy.....but don't think its all right to make fun of people dying.”
Sydroky on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:16:20
“"Go ahead, be lazy...but don't think its all right to make fun of people dying."
No one is making fun of people dying. And, your preachiness is nothing but internet spunk.”
"Offensive or not - it worked?" I think not..... The apparent quick gain will be lost by a forever loss. Have to be careful when you sell your soul, man......it doesn't come back. Be careful what money you'd take for everything. Thats the real issue.”