The Dalai Lama is a notable source of wisdom, spiritual guidance, and leadership in our troubled society. While the entire world is at odds with one another regarding immigration, the Dalai Lama has now chimed in with his opinion, but what he had to say about it may be surprising to everyone.
While he didn’t go into much detail, he did indicate an irrefutable truth regarding the situation. According to him, immigration, whether legal or illegal, is not always a good thing. “When we look at the fact of each refugee, but especially those of the children and women, we feel their suffering, and a human being who has a better situation in life has the responsibility to help them.
Continuing, “But on the other hand, there are too many at the moment…Europe, Germany in particular, cannot become an Arab country, Germany is Germany.”
“There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult, from a moral point of view too, I think the refugees should only be admitted temporarily. The goal should be that they return and help rebuild their countries.”
While his opinions sympathize to similar view points held by nationalist movements, he is actually a refugee himself. And during the same interview, which was held in Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile in northern India, he stated that he hopes to one day return to his home in Tibet. “Maybe in a few years,” he stated, “If an opportunity for my return arises, or at least for a short visit, that would be a source of great joy.”
He, along with thousands of other Tibetans was forced to flee from their Himalayan homeland since China sent in troops in 1951. Due to this, many have found settlements in India.
Unfortunately, the issues surrounding immigration are quite complex. However, the Dalai Lama does seem to have a point, but he does leave a lot to the imagination regarding how to carry such advice out into fruition. If Western civilization began first by stopping the wars that have sparked the refugee crisis, that would play a key factor in facilitating the beginning of the end for the crisis. However, that doesn’t seem to be something that we can look forward to anytime soon.