As a white kid blessed with a liberal education, I was enriched by a multicultural middle school curriculum. Besides coming to grips with my inherent white male wickedness, I was taught to appreciate the wisdom of non-Christian religions. Along with organizing a visit to a black Muslim mosque, my middle school also invited a middle-aged white female bodyguard of the Dalai Lama (yes, you read that right!) to speak in front of the entire student body. In case Buddhism’s noble qualities weren’t made apparent, the film Little Buddha was shown in class for good measure.
Of course, I never became a Buddhist, but during my younger days I still couldn’t help but admire Buddhism. After all, it has everything a good white liberal likes: a belief in nonviolence, a condemnation of materialism, and most importantly, the moderation of the Middle Way. In fact, as far as major religions/spiritualities go, I believe Buddhism gets the best press in the West – the occasional report on butchered Rohingya notwithstanding. Hinduism also gets off pretty easy, though it’s harder to take Hindus as seriously given goofy sitcom characters like Apu from The Simpsons. So Buddhism it is!
However, it turns out that beneath all the lofty rhetoric about compassion and “oneness,” the typical non-white realism resides in the Buddhist brain. At the bare minimum, no less than the Dalai Lama seems to look at open borders and Western multiculturalism askance; why else would he claim that there are too many refugees in Germany? This passage says it all (emphasis mine):
“Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country,” he said with a laugh, according to AFP, which quoted from an interview the spiritual leader gave to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German newspaper. “Germany is Germany. There are so many [refugees] that in practice it becomes difficult.”
Obviously, this harrowed the usual suspects. Al Jazeera‘s Mehdi Hasan lamented the Dalai Lama’s endorsement of “far right” talking points, while The Independent decried his “casual xenophobia.” Just like that, it appears everyone’s favorite Buddhist has now morphed into an enabler of nasty nationalism.
Despite Mehdi Hasan’s claims, there is nothing nasty or uniquely “far right” about opposing the rapid influx of radically different peoples. Unless the Dalai Lama is a fascist in disguise, he alone demonstrates that white nationalists aren’t the only ones who view multiculturalism with a critical eye; and he’s just the tip of the iceberg. One of this blog’s recurring arguments – which I will continue to hammer home – is that Alternative Right beliefs deemed “extreme” by liberal Western standards are just simple common sense for most of the planet’s “people of color.” While they strategically espouse liberal views in Western countries where they’re minorities, non-whites are instinctively conservative and reject Anglosphere style liberalism.
Now, just to be clear, this isn’t to say that non-whites are heartless reptiles. However, their notions of tolerance differ from the fruity beliefs of white liberals. As Dota told me during a recent conversation, most non-whites believe in benevolence while eschewing gratuitous compassion. In other words, while many non-white societies grant minorities religious and cultural rights, there’s still no question that the majority group is in charge. Minorities are often tolerated and left in peace, but must be mindful of their place. There’s certainly no quixotic belief that all cultures are equal.
That’s why, despite all the puzzlement and handwringing, I don’t think there’s any real contradiction between the Dalai Lama’s compassion and his belief that Europe should regulate its borders. Just because we are all human doesn’t mean that all humans are interchangeable, or that disparate groups of people will peacefully share the same space. Anyone not blinded by liberal idiocy – that is, most people in the world – would have predicted that welcoming over a million Arabs into a white European country such as Germany was (is) bound to yield disastrous results.
But it didn’t have to be this way. Despite feeling the refugees’ pain, the Dalai Lama rightly argues that the best solution is to rebuild their countries of origin. Ultimately, that will be a win-win for everyone; refugees/migrants won’t have to contend with hostility and cultural alienation in a strange land, and native Europeans won’t be alienated by the presence of aliens – many of whom flagrantly disrespect their host countries.
While there is always room for kindness, most people in the world don’t let untrammeled compassion compel them to swing an axe at their own feet. If the Dalai Lama of all people can recognize this, then wimpy whites have no excuse for failing to see the obvious. That’s why, believe it or not, I intend to take white liberals at their word when they insist that they’re the most informed and enlightened people on the planet. To paraphrase Marco Roboto Rubio, we need to stop pretending that white liberals are simply misguided weenies who don’t know what they’re doing. They know exactly what they’re doing!
There’s a word for people who consciously sabotage their own group: traitors. It’s time to start calling a spade a spade.