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Feature - We are all mountain people

China's occupation of Tibet and suppression of Tibetan culture continues, with the outside world paying little attention

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While celebrities have spoken up for Tibet, the small country is of little strategic value for Western governments or corporations, which may explain why change has been slow. However, the Tibetan Government is optimistic about Tibet's fate. They feel events in China are changing, especially as the next generation of Chinese is aspiring for democracy.

Walking down the street in Dharmsala I saw a T-shirt hanging up in a small shop. It read, "Tibet will be free." I bought the T-shirt; you'll see me wearing it on next visit to Whistler.

The True Meaning of Life, written by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet: "We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety, or one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good or useful with our lives. If you can contribute to other people's happiness you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life."

Janet Love Morrison is a Whistler writer teaching in India. She has made several trips to surrounding countries during her two-plus years in India.