"TICH KWONG DUUK,” I slowly pronounce, with a fire burning in my eyes. “Self-immolation.” A disgusting enthusiasm courses through me, to see such a fireworks display of raw personal power. “Mmm.” 533 of these martyrs, so far, according to Western media. Chinese Buddhism sanctions the act-an abandonment of the body for something bigger than themselves. It seems human nature shamefully compels us to respond to violence, creating a deadly pulpit for the martyr. For 3 whole days, this man and his cause were in the news. 4 days for women, and 5 for children.
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