Is there any more telling evidence that we live in a violent world than the layer upon layer of security that surrounded the recent visit of the Dalai Lama to nearby Louisville?
As someone serving on one of the planning meetings for the visit of this great messenger of peace and compassion, I was aware that security would be tight. But nothing could have prepared me for what we encountered on May 19, when the Dalai Lama gave a public lecture to thousands at the YUM Center.
We first passed through security supplied by the center itself, then through additional security provided by local police, K-9 dogs, and U.S. Homeland Security as we inched through the gauntlet of metal detectors. And we were those who had already received security clearance weeks in advance.