smcj wrote:The Dalai Lama learned Democratic election from Western tradition for there was no democracy, no voting, no equal opportunity, no human rights and no equality before the law in traditional Tibet.
In America slavery was legal up until 150 years ago. Black people were the property of the whites, which could torture or kill them at a whim. The doctrine of 'separate but equal' was still in effect when I was a child. The values you hold pre-PRC Tibet to are extremely modern. Our own society of 100 years ago would fail by today's standards. If you want to hold what was, for all intents and purposes, a 14th century society to modern standards, you might at well mention that Thomas Jefferson and George Washington were both slave owners. And that Jefferson's children by his black sex-slave were owned by his children of his white wife. They were siblings, yet his white children owned his black children. And this by the man that penned "…all men are created equal"!
But in no way do the problems criticisms of America diminish the incredible contributions it has made to the world. And, in the same sense, in no way do the problems and criticisms of Tibet diminish the contribution it has made to the world.
Times change. The Renaissance happened earlier in Italy than England. The modern world happened earlier in America than Asia, fwiw.
What you say is beside the point because you took my statement out of context. I'm not defending America or arguing that Tibetan Buddhism makes no contribution.