Not only does this epitomize government control going overboard, it also is much more devious than it seems. You’re probably thinking the entire thing is ludicrous.
How could a government decide what happens to you in the next life? And on the surface that is how it comes across, but in reality it's purpose is to curb the influence of the Dalai Lama!
Because Buddhist monks are now banned from reincarnating without government permission, the Chinese government will technically know where the next Dalai Lama will be born.
If, for example, someone comes forward later and claims to be the new Dalai Lama, the government can simply say, “Sorry! Our records don’t seem to indicate that!” Which divides the leadership of Tibetan Buddhism.
The current Dalai Lama has lived in India since 1959 and claims he will not be born in Tibet in the future to escape Chinese oppression!
A good speech and it's message will go down in history. While we all know of Lincoln's famous Gettysburg Address, few have heard of Washington's Newburgh Address during the Revolutionary War.
In 1783 the officers of the American army were furious that Congress was not paying them in full for their services. Tempers reached such lofty heights that the officers established a date to meet and plan their march on Congress to demand pay at gunpoint!
Washington heard of this and quietly snuck into the meeting. Amidst shouts of dissent Washington read a speech urging them to be patient and remember how much every one in the country had suffered during the war.
To do this, he claimed, was madness, treasonous, and put their own families in danger by allowed the British to be victorious. After a pause he attempted reading again but fumbled over the words. He then said, "Gentlemen, you must pardon me.
I have grown gray in your service and now find myself growing blind." The officers were so moved many began to cry, remembering just how much their general had also suffered. They apologized for the attempted mutiny and wrote letters exalting Washington and his service!
Although the movie Mean Girls featured many memorable characters, few eclipsed Kevin Gnapoor, the overly self-confident mathlete. The character was played by Rajiv Surendra, who is now a well sought after calligrapher!
On his website he writes that he became interested in penmanship and calligraphy around 12 years ago when he discovered old letters from the mid 1800’s. He began with a pencil, then adapted to a ballpoint pen.
Eventually he discovered he could only reach his desired level by using original pens from the era with tiny metal nibs. He now has his own antique cherry birds-eye maple worktable and authentic rosewood writing slope.
He has even been contacted by Starbucks to design banners for new locations! Who would have thought Kevin G. Would go from rapping about math to calligraphy!
No event is modern history is more horrifying or infamous than the Holocaust and WWII. While it is true that Hitler blamed many of Germany’s and the world’s problems on the Jews, most people do not know that he also targeted a number of other people.
It is true that as a group Jews were targeted in much greater numbers than any other group, however it is believed that around 11 million people were executed in German concentration camps. 6 million Jews are believed to have been murdered.
This leaves 5 million others who were also sent to their deaths. So who were they? Some were Christian, and some were prisoners of war. Gypsies and homosexuals were especially targeted, along with blacks and the disabled. Together, the figure adds up to around 5 million.
Perhaps no animal is better at adapting to color and camouflage than the squid. Their skin’s iridescence, which is it's light-reflecting property, is responsible for the range of rainbow-like colors they display.
However, just how they do this is still unknown! It is believed that the nerves in the squid’s skin control the range of colors they are able to display, which vary from red to blue at any given time.
Within the skin, one set of nerves, which are actually organs, create patterns of yellow, red, and brown.
Under these colors, cells in the skin help reflect light and add blue, green, and pink. Together they create a majestic and hypnotic sight! But no matter how impressive, humans cannot figure out how they do it!