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Dalai Lama on political correctness

September 13, 2009

www.bigpondnews.com - September 11, 2009

The Dalai Lama added a new entry to his vocabulary - 'political
correctness' - after being lost for words.

The Dalai Lama added a new entry to his vocabulary - 'political
correctness' - after he was lost for words when a reporter asked what he
thought about the term.

Tibet's spiritual leader, who is in the Czech capital to speak about human
rights in Asia at a conference on Friday, found himself lost for words when
a Czech journalist asked him what he thought about political correctness.

'What do you mean?' he blinked, genuinely puzzled.

His expression forced laughs from the crowd and an eloquent explanation from
the journalist, but the Dalai Lama still looked stumped.

'What do you mean?' he repeated, shaking his head and turning to his
assistants for help.

After a lengthy discourse, the Dalai Lama straightened up but still radiated
uncertainty.

'I don't know... I openly express - if someone's short, I express it as
short. If someone's very tall, I say very tall,' he mused.

'Of course, if you create embarrassment, you can't be saying this. But
otherwise, black is black, white is white, yellow is yellow. And that's it.'
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