I have a hard time understanding this picture. I took it on my way up to McLeod ganj, the suburb of Dharamshala where the Dalai Lama lives. Less than a kilometer from his residence this beautiful spot in nature has been littered with plastics, diapers and all kinds of crap.
You can call me an eco nut, but for me this is a sign of zero respect and zero intelligence. It takes a certain kind of stupid to shit all over nature like this.
But what really bewilders me in all of this is the fact that it is less than a kilometer from the Dalai Lamas residence. He must have personally seen this creek a hundred times. A thousand times. It’s practically in his backyard. He MUST have seen it.
Why hasn’t he asked his chauffeur to pull the car over so that he can personally clean it up? If he did a hundred people would be falling over themselves to help out and five minutes later the mess would be gone. Or if he is too lazy or busy to do it himself he could ask his monks or servants. Or by all means, while giving away scarves to the thousands of tourists that visit each year he might mention that he’d appreciate it if they all chipped in and picked up some crap on their way down.
Instead this is what you’ll see. It isn’t what I would expect when visiting a spiritual leader of his caliber. In fact, it makes me question the whole thing.by