Speaking of Buddhism, one thing I can’t stand is people giving the Dalai Lama a pass, and passing around inspirational images with his “wisdom quotes”. An example here:
Not only are they usually deepities or Barnum statements or just trite but the Dalai Lama espouses a fairly reactionary ideology on par with other religious conservatives round the world. And yet people think of him as inspirational. Which dare I say it might rely on the condescending/racist notion of the Eastern man of wisdom as an exotic other.
Anyway, instead of dissecting this phenomenon I thought I’d make some other “inspirational” images that reflect this. All text on these images is from direct quotes of His Holiness!