From Wikipedia: “The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two 6th-century monumental statues of Gautama Buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley of central Afghanistan, . . . [81 miles] northwest of Kabul at an elevation of . . . [8,200 feet]. . . the smaller [125 ft] “Eastern Buddha” was built around 570 AD, and the larger [180 ft]) “Western Buddha” was built around 618 AD. . . . The statues consisted of the male Salsal (“light shines through the universe”) and the (smaller) female Shamama (“Queen Mother”), as they were called by the locals.”
On 6 March 2001, The Times [of London] quoted Mullah Mohammed Omar as stating, “Muslims should be proud of smashing idols. It has given praise to Allah that we have destroyed them.” During a 13 March interview for Japan’s Mainchi Shimbun, Afghan Foreign Minister Wakil Ahmad Mutawakel stated . . . “We are destroying the statues in accordance with Islamic law, and it is purely a religious issue.”
What a pity. A fine monument of historical significance destroyed by religious fanatics.
Like Afghanistan, Boston has its own Taliban. Their zealotry is based on the religion of righteousness which teaches them to hold the utmost faith in the correctness of their judgment even though it has been proven wrong time and time again. The great thing about being a Boston Taliban is never having to accept you are wrong or apologize for the havoc you wreak on others because your intentions are noble.
As noted, it took several weeks to destroy emblems of the Buddha religion that were over 1500 years old. Boston has its Symbol of Greatness. It is to not to any religion but to education and the idea that you work hard, admit error, and learn from your mistakes. It is not quite as old as the Buddhas, being a little under 500 years old. What is remarkable about it is that it is mostly unchanged over those many years. It has been kept up by an enhanced stream during all that time.
I recall there was a movement back in the early 1970s when thoughts were afloat to change the enhanced stream that fed the Symbol of Greatness. Although the idea was toyed with it never was put into operation. Fortunately, it slipped into the background because of the difficulties with implementing the other Boston Taliban plans which in the long run, despite their and their allies’ best efforts, proved to be quite a disaster.
The Boston Taliban never learned that a faulty idea from the inception could never be built upon. They tried and tried until all that was under their control started to look like Rube Goldberg productions. Year after year it became worse. Their attempt to fix the structure they had built upon quicksand totally consumed them. Through that time, they left the enhanced stream feeding the Symbol of Greatness out of their plans for
As all their efforts and plans sunk into the mud, they were unable to face their own failings. They turned to the enhanced stream that fed the Symbol of Greatness believing it was somehow responsible for the mess they created. They decided to divert some of the enhanced stream that kept the Symbol of Greatness admired by many throughout the world. The enhanced stream being diluted other ordinary streams then fed into it sapping its strength.
Like with the Buddhist statues that had gone on year after year in silent peace so had the Symbol of Greatness existed. Unfortunately, it became a mirror to the great failure of the Boston Taliban. That spelled its demise. The Buddhas were destroyed by dynamite within weeks; the Symbol of Greatness was destroyed by the diminished stream over a few years. It was blown up in the 500th year of its existence.