Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Plain fact

Dalai Lama is a monk for Tibetan Buddhism. The 14th Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso. Born in the Republic of China in 1935, he was made the 14th Dalai Lama in 1939, was enthroned in 1940, and took political power over Tibet in 1950 - he was only 15. He left Tibet in 1959 during a political uprising and lives in India, but he travels the whole world. He is very well known in Australia.

I found a quote which was printed in his name, and I thought I'd do my own pic with this same quote on it, until I saw on his other Wikiquote report that this particular quote was misattributed to him. I found, then, a  website note, on 17 January 2014, by a blogger called Alex Knapp who said that this quote was not Dalai Lama. It was David W Orr

Orr is an environmentalist. The book this quote was taken from was Earth in Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, originally published in 1994 and re-published in 2004. According to Wikipaedia, Orr is a "Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics at Oberlin College and a James Marsh Professor at the University of Vermont". The quote, now in his name below, certainly means what Orr has learned and is passing on to schools.

On the Google write-up about the book, they said "...much of what has gone wrong with the world... is the result of inadequate and misdirected education that... alienates us from life in the name of human domination..." This is very much what I agree with. The 'inadequate and misdirected education' on quotes has lead to far too many people accrediting a decent quote to anyone, regardless of whether or not they actually did say it. Every quote should be recorded in a video or written on paper, on the website or kept on a USB to make real history. Too many people who do their 'quotes' wrong. 

Will that ever change?


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