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History tells us whose side China’s 17th Karmapa is on.
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When the Karmapa, himself a millennial, cannot adapt to meet the needs of his, let alone preceding generations, we have a sorry state of affairs.
“Strauss and Howe’s research has been influential, but it also has critics. Psychologist Jean Twenge says Strauss and Howe’s assertions are overly-deterministic, non-falsifiable, and unsupported by rigorous evidence. Twenge, the author of the 2006 book Generation Me, considers Millennials, along with younger members of Generation X, to be part of what she calls “Generation Me”. Twenge attributes Millennials with the traits of confidence and tolerance, but also describes a sense of entitlement and narcissism, based on personality surveys showing increased narcissism among Millennials compared to preceding generations when they were teens and in their twenties. She questions the predictions of Strauss and Howe that this generation will turn out civic-minded. A 2016 study by SYZYGY a digital service agency, found Millennials in the U.S. continue to exhibit elevated scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory as they age, finding millennials exhibited 16% more narcissism than older adults, with males scoring higher on average than females. The study examined two types of narcissism: grandiose narcissism, described as “the narcissism of extraverts, characterized by attention-seeking behavior, power and dominance”, and vulnerable narcissism, described as “the narcissism of introverts, characterized by an acute sense of self-entitlement and defensiveness.””
When the 17th Karmapa speaks of his having spent his entire life trying to live up to the expectations of others he is the voice of his generation. In this regard Chinese millennials, the 17th Karmapa is a Chinese millennial, are more like my parents generation in what motivates them. I’ve two children in their 30’s and I can’t remember a time as adults when living up to my expectations mattered all that much to them. That’s how I raised them, to be their own people, that they could do anything they set their mind to in their lives. That isn’t how the 17th Karmapa was raised. He was raised to be the man he is today, China’s 17th Karmapa.
You can take this 17th Karmapa out of China but you can’t take China out of this Karmapa. The 17th Karmapa is actually quite typical for his generation in the society he is a product of, born and raised to be a paragon of the State, totally bereft of the ability to think for himself. Chinese “Socialism” doesn’t allow for critical thinking.
A Manchurian Candidate?
If China had not decided otherwise he would be in Tsurphu fulfilling the expectations of those Tibetans whom collaborated with the Chinese to make him 17th Karmapa in the first place . The 17th Karmapa is no Manchurian Candidate. The 17th Karmapa has simply grown up to be the young man he was raised in China to be, where he belongs as 17th Karmapa. He serves no purpose otherwise.
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