How do we handle possibility of evil? |

How do we handle possibility of evil?

In response to the well-researched and sympathetic Other Voices columns in The Union about the oppressive situation in Tibet, I would like to say that I appreciate your concern for the Tibetan people.

However, after reading the two Other Voices, I have three questions:

1. Would you advocate having religion taught in the schools as the Tibetan monks have been doing in Nevada County schools for the past six years?

2. Would you advocate the United States having a nationally recognized official religion as once was enjoyed in Tibet?

3. Assuming we had a nationally recognized official religion that would produce the characteristics seen in the Tibetan people (patience, tolerance, generosity, love of learning and loving kindness), would we stand by and allow our country to be “invaded, overcome and liberated” by a foreign government (which occurred because of a poorly equipped army)?

In summary, the way of life in Tibet was once “ideal,” a way of life to which we all aspire. But in reality, if we don’t protect that way of life, it will succumb to evil. Evil exists and it always will (look at history). So do we sit peacefully by and allow evil to overcome or do we take a stand against it in order to protect our peace?

Jim Miller

Nevada City

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