The Dalai Lama has warned against “political correctness” in Australia and said “you have to be prepared” to take risks, in an open letter to Australians.
“If you are not prepared to risk, you cannot even be considered a person,” the Nobel Peace Prize laureate wrote.
“I am convinced that, with all due respect to the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader, I have not said anything that would be considered political correctness,” he said.
“I am not saying that this is the right way to speak, or that this kind of politics is not in the best interests of society.
“This is a fear-based political culture. “
It’s very easy to be a victim of political correctness, and it’s very hard to stop it,” he wrote.
“This is a fear-based political culture.
It is not based on reality, and the more you are afraid of it, the more the government tries to silence you.
It’s not the only culture that creates fear. “
Political correctness is a political culture that encourages the fear of change.
It’s not the only culture that creates fear.
Fear breeds violence. “
Fear is what creates violence.
Fear breeds violence.
And it’s not that political correctness is bad, it’s just not in its best interests.
I know you are scared to take a risk.
I know you might be afraid of going against the government.
He urged Australians to embrace the idea of “political freedom”, which is “a great strength” in the face of “toxic” political correctness. “
Do not be afraid to make a leap and change the world.”
He urged Australians to embrace the idea of “political freedom”, which is “a great strength” in the face of “toxic” political correctness.
In the letter, titled “A world of freedom”, he urged people to “look beyond the government”.
“Freedom of speech and speech, and of association is one of the most important freedoms of a free society,” he argued.
His full letter follows: “Dear Australian, I am writing to you because of the current political climate and its effects on our freedom of speech.
What I am writing is to express my deepest regret that you have chosen to be silent on the matter of the Dalai Lamas position on the proposed relocation of the Australian parliament.
This was a very difficult decision to make, and I was deeply saddened that it was taken.
Unfortunately, as a matter of political opinion, it is not acceptable for me to speak publicly on this matter.
My deep regret is that my personal views are not enough to persuade you.
And that’s not an exaggeration.
Therefore, I am going to write this letter.
Please read the letter in full and let me know if you agree or disagree with any of the points made in it.
If you do not agree with anything in the letter and if you think it is inappropriate, please contact me directly.
The Dalai Lama is a Tibetan Buddhist monk and the leader of the world’s most powerful Buddhist sect.
He has been living in exile in India since 1959.
He was the subject of the documentary ‘Dalai Lama: Forgotten’ which aired on the History Channel in April this year.
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