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Simon Wiesenthal asks the question What would I have done We are asked to put ones self in his place This is not an easy task One knows little to nothing of the actual feelings and struggles involved in being persecuted unless one actually has been persecuted As this author has never suffered such severe persecution one must call upon the force of ones imagination Even with the most active and vivid of imaginations one falls short of the comprehension necessary to obtain a clear and succinct overall picture of oppression But as the question being asked is one of great magnitude and importance a personal answer must be found In the opinion of this author the above question deserves a personal answer from each and every rational human being This author found great admiration for the answer given by the Dalai Lama to the above question of Wiesenthal One can easily see a certain temptation to equate Wiesenthals question with ones own situation as the Dalai Lama did The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of an oppressed people As such he is in a unique position to answer Wiesenthals question The Dalai Lama found forgiveness for Karl in his heart but also claimed a belief in forgiveness without forgetting The Dalai Lama then equated the struggle of the Jews with the Tibetan Peoples struggle to regain freedom from their Chinese oppressors This author found the Dalai Lamas story of a Tibetan Monk who served nearly eighteen years in a Chinese prison to be fascinating After the monks escape to India he was asked what his biggest fear in prison had been The monk replied he most feared losing his compassion for the Chinese This tale is one of forgiveness and redemption that may be beyond the scope of the average human being To have suffered oppression for so long and to
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