It must have happened looking at the crowd a right when I stepped out of my house m by the time I got to main street I could see a car in the middle of what was a left handed turn to get onto 84th Dr from Queens Boulevard. Underneath the right side was a moped and in front of the car was a Chinese delivery man. strewn about where the deliveries. Before I could get closer an off duty medic flew past me and went to go brace the man’s neck and make sure he didnt move and look for signs of consciousness.
I took a moment to look at the crowd. There were young people and old people , people of all races. It was a terrible tragedy. But you know what, at that time no one was talking about immigration, no one was talking about asian stereotypes. We were all together concerned for the guy.
And that what gets me. In times of crisis, in that moment no one cares about politics, no one cares what his race, sexual orientation, age, legal status. We just see a man hurt who needs help.
A great friend of mine who practices Tibetan Buddhism used to tell me that in this plane of existence that we inhabit, we learn through loss and suffering. At higher planes of existence we don’t have to learn through such methods but here we do. See everyone surrounding this fallen guy, lifeless for a good 20 minutes brought that old old memory back.
It’s not place to say what i feel about other planes of consciousness or this life and the next etc. But I can say from being here in 9/11 that in the heat of the moment there was such an outpouring of compassion that was moving. A few days later of course everything was back to normal around the country and anyone who looked Muslim or Middle Eastern got harassed and in some cases beaten and shot.
What do you think? Do we learn through suffering and loss? Do we only appreciate something after it is taken away?
- “Two Monks Burn Themselves in Lhasa” (thechinahotline.wordpress.com)
- China shows off its own Panchen Lama on trip outside mainland (craighill.net)
- China’s own Panchen Lama in HK (thehimalayantimes.com)
- China Cracks Down Following Tibetan Immolations (eurasiareview.com)
- 2 Tibetans Set Selves on Fire Outside Lhasa Temple (irrawaddy.org)
- Tibet, buddhism and life (thoushaltnotsmoke.wordpress.com)