The 20th century was the human community's most violent one; the 21st century began with a violent global spectacle whose reverberations persist and expand, insinuating the global community into a conspiracy of propaganda, terror and counter-terror. The Wheel of Life also provides a violent global spectacle: monstrous death tyrannizing life, causing pain, conditioning terror. A realist paradigm in Oriental silks, this ancient cartoon of the human condition implies not only the death of individuals but of states and empires, worlds and world-views.
"The Bhavachakra or Wheel of Life Mandala as a Buddhist paradigm,"
Culture Mandala: The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://epublications.bond.edu.au/cm/vol7/iss2/4