Zhongdian, China ('Waiting for Godot')
The electricity, all over the city, went out at 0700 yesterday morning, so here I am the following day, Sunday, trying to get this written/online before the electricity goes out today (thus, up at 0330). The additional 'challenge,' I'm using the 'community' computer. My MacBook crashed.
Of course, Tibetan communities, like Zhongdian (northwestern Yunnan Province), a low priority for electricity and other amenities. You can bet Beijing has the best of everything, never doing without anything (but clean air -- Zhongdian has it over them for that!). Mao's motto now corrupted to, 'Serve the Government!' The Chinese masses now only exisitng to support the Government, easily manipulated via TV. But, I believe B.J. is in for it in the future, as the masses are restive, an example recent violence against school children in eastern China. And this wasn't perpetrated by Tibetans or Ughurs revolting but Han Chinese angry about local Government corruption. This demonstrates the level of frustration the average person feeling as no way to protest, or redress grivances. Of course, people will be executed and punished, but this doesn't solve the underlying problem.
It was explained to me recently Chinese people's priorities: 1) Money (nothing new here) 2) Family (children) 3) 'Face,' (avoiding shame) 4) Love
What about integrity? This in short supply in China, the world!
I think in all my years (70), I've never witnessed the world at such a low point (end of the Kali Age of Destruction). Money has become 'God,' in the world!
Of course, things always go to their extreme before seeking/returning its opposite (Taoism). Beginning 12.12.12, things will begin to change, to get better (if we survive that long). 'Hope springs eternal!'
Of course, I'm dealing with my own personal problems... I often do things that are harmful to myself, but I do them anyway (stupid). Why? I'm still self destructive to a degree, as you can't be creative without being destructive (Taoism again). I seek pleasure now, hoping the pain won't happen 'this time,' but it always does, as one of the 'laws of Nature.' 'Go now, pay later!' and I do. Maybe someday I'll be able to overcome myself, having developed discipline. But, humans all too fallible, all too fraught with peril. I suffer, cursing myself for my own stupidity, but some lessons I never seem to learn. I ask myself, 'Will I ever?'
Certainly, the answers lie within, and not without. This, if we can go deep into that 'mine, digging up what nuggets' you might discover. Most people never even 'enter this mine,' taking the easy way to oblivion. Some enter, but are afraid of the 'darkness!' Some have courage and pursue the depths of their unconsciousness.
This 'Pilgrimage,' is about entering that 'mine!' But, as the Shambala Sutra,' says, those seeking will be beset with demons, and other obstacles. Already we have encountered such, people trying to prevent us from 'getting there!' But, we will overcome every obstacle!
Remember, 'The light is with us, the light is within us,' showing the way!