Sharon Stone:

“Of course, I have. Well, you know, it’s very interesting, because at first I’m, you know I’m unhappy about the way Chinese are treating the Tibetans because I don’t think anyone should be unkind to anyone else.
And so, I’ve had been very concerned about how to think and what to do about that, because I don’t like that.
And then I’ve been this, you know, concerned about, oh how should we deal with the Olympics because they’re not being nice to Dalai Lama, who’s a good friend of mine.
And then all this earthquake, and all this stuff happened, I thought, is that Karma?
When you are not nice, the bad things happen to you?

And then I got a letter from the Tibetan foundation that they wanted to go and be helpful, and that made me cry.
And they asked me if I would write a quote about that and I said I would.
That it was a big lesson to me that sometimes you have to learn to put your head down and be of service even to people who aren’t nice to you.
And that was a big lesson for me.”

De open vraag blijft, inhoeverre je kan/mag zeggen dat een ramp het resultaat is van slechte karma, de zonden van de voorouders, eigen schuld enzovoorts.

Dit zijn de feiten:
De Grote Dam bij de Yangtze staat vanaf het begin ter discussie  omdat het gebouwd werd in aardbevingsgebied.
Onafhankelijke chinese bloggers hebben melding gemaakt van rellen door burgers die erachter kwamen dat hun ingestortte flat was gebouwd met ondeugdelijk materiaal onder het oog van corrupte ambtenaren.
Vanouds werd er in China geloofd, dat natuurgeweld een teken was van het ongenoegen van de Hemel met betrekking tot ondeugdelijk bestuur van het land, dit geloof wordt weerspiegeld door uitspraken op chinese blogs over de ‘vloek van de Fuwa’.


De vloek van de Fuwa

Kritische bloggers in Volksrepubliek China spreken  over de vloek van de Fuwa; de regering is er snel bij om alles te laten verwijderen, maar gelukkig wordt deze toorts overgenomen door andere internetters:




现在还剩一条鱼 ….

China, what troubled times 2008 has been for you!

From the beginning of year until now,
it’s been disaster after disaster for China.
The train car collision in Shandong, the unrest in Tibet,
grabbing at the Olympic torch during the relay,
and now Chengdu has had an earthquake,
with tens of thousands dead!

Another blogger wrote:

One Fuwa has a kite on its head, representing Weifang, and then something happened in Shandong;
One Fuwa is a Tibetan antelope, and then something happened in Tibet;
One Fuwa is a torch, and then something happened to the Olympic torch;
One Fuwa is a panda, and then something happened in Sichuan;
Now there’s still the fish left…


The Fuwa (formerly Friendlies,[1] Chinese: ??; pinyin: Fúwá;literally “Good-luck dolls”) are the mascots of the 2008 SummerOlympics in Beijing. They were designed by Han Meilin[2] and announcedby the National Society of Chinese Classic Literature Studies onNovember 11, 2005 at an event marking the 1000th day before the openingof the games.

The Fuwa consists of five members according to thetraditional five elements:
Beibei, Jingjing, Huanhuan, Yingying, andNini.
Each of the five names is designed to look like a plausible namefor a small child, but when put together, they sound nearly identicalto the phrase “????? B?ij?ng hu?nyíng n?” which means “Beijing welcomesyou”.
Each of the five figures also represents one of the five OlympicRings.
Two of the five mascots represent members of endangered species.
A 100-episodes Olympic-themed cartoon series featuring the Fuwa was released in China on August 8, 2007


Jingjing, a panda, is the animal most closely associated with Sichuan province where the earthquake struck.
Huanhuan, a cartoon character with flame-red hair, is being linkedby bloggers to the Olympic torch that has been dogged by anti-Chinaprotests on its round-the-world tour.
Yingying, an antelope, is an animal confined to the borders ofTibet, which has been the scene of riots and the cause of internationalprotests against China, the bloggers say.
Nini, represented by a kite, is being viewed as a reference to the“kite city” of Weifang, in Shandong, where there was a deadly traincrash last month.
That leaves only Beibei, represented by a sturgeon fish, whichonline doomsayers suggest could indicate a looming disaster in theYangtze River, the only place where sturgeon is found.