Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Exploration 11

"The compromises we have reached demanded sacrifices on all sides. It was not easy for the supporters of Mr. Mandela or mine to relinquish the ideals they had cherished for many decades."
          This is my favorite passage from Frederik Willem de Klerk's speech. I thought that it was important because it showed how he truly want to help his country. He did not want to just get elected, like many politicians in the United States want to do. He know that many people would not like him but he know in order to free South Africa from Apartheid, which means literally the status of being apart, he had to compromise on many key issues.
          Not only was de Klerk one of the most important figures in ending Apartheid in South Africa but he also ended South Africa's Nuclear Weapons program. This is important because not only did he want his own country to be nonsegregated but he also wanted to stay a peaceful nation.

          The Dalai Lama is the head of state for the Central Tibetan Administration, or Tibetan government in exile. The reason that Tibetan government is in exile from China today is because the current Dalai Lama criticized the Chinese government for its harsh governing over the country. In 2011 the Dalai Lama stated that the next Dalai Lama might be found outside of Tibet and might be a female. The Chinese government rejected this statement stating that they alone have the power to pic the next Dalai Lama.

In the picture above the Dalai Lama tells China that he is no Demon. 


  1. If only we could get this kind of compromise within our own government between the two major parties. If they would see the kind of progress that results from compromising each other's ideas and methods for the greater good of the people. Today people are too radical in their own ideas and need to be more open to multiple views. Nice picture by the way.

  2. I can't believe China feels as if they must control the religion. I understand it is a big part of the culture over there, but they should probably listen to the person teaching the religion.

  3. I like your picture. I also learned from your report more than I found in my research.


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