In "Little Gidding," the last section of TS Eliot's Four Quartets, one of the greatest poems of the last century, now under-appreciated, under-read, and under-taught, Eliot closes by writing:
Quick now, here, now, always—
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of things shall be well
When the tongues of flame are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.
Every time I read this poem—quite a lot recently—I am reminded of the "complete simplicity" of human freedom and the Tibetan's will to achieve it; I see in Tibet through our realtime media a "crowned knot of fire" that the Chinese cannot unravel and will not unravel.
But I don't see a "rose" when I look toward Tibet; I see a lotus flower, the symbol of compassion and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's great benevolence, and I feel that this "fire" in Tibet is serving this lotus, and that one day, the fire and the lotus shall indeed be one. And His Holiness and all Tibetans will return to their homeland and to their family and once again regain their soveriegnty and independence.