Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tibet keeps alive true Spirit of the Games[Wednesday, March 19, 2008 16:19]
by Claude Arpi

The most important in life is not the triumph but the struggle’. - Pierre de Coubertin, Founder of the modern Olympic Games.

You may be under the impression that money can buy everything, but it is not entirely correct.

Yes, the US State Department agreed to remove China from the list of human rights violators because the US is doing good business with China.

Yes, in July 2001 when Beijing was awarded the hosting of the Games, the highest human ideals enunciated by the Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the founder of the Modern Games at the end of the 19th century, had long been forgotten.

Now, money reigns supreme over the organisation of this world event. You may regret that the Games which were meant to manifest mankind’s highest values has turned into a purely commercial venture only, but what can you do about it?

But over the past few days, thousands of Tibetans have shown the world that the ‘human spirit’ still has meaning and strength in this world of money and power. The peace-loving David has taken on the most powerful economic Goliath of the planet; and this just with the power of their aspiration for freedom. Full Article Link

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