I was checking out some new blogs today and saw a post about self immolation. For those that don’t know, self immolation is a form of protest where one sets themselves on fire to make a political point. One of the most infamous cases involving self immolation was that of Thich Quan Duc, a Buddhist monk who set himself aflame to bring awareness to the persecution of Buddhists in South Vietnam.
I think self immolation is rather selfless, giving up one’s life for the better good of those who are being oppressed. I wanted to get your take on it though. Do you think of it as a cop out or a legitimate form of protest?
Below is the post I saw which sparked this post (no pun intended).
Whoever came up with the idea of self-immolation as a form of political protest deserves to have their grave spit on. And I don’t care if it was some really noble peace-loving, orange-clad Buddhist monk all the hipsters can get into.
It isn’t noble. It isn’t an expression of desperation by the oppressed. It’s just stupid. A stupid waste.