TIME has a headline about the possibility of the Dalai Lama resigning in response to followers turning violent in protests marking the anniversary of a previous march on Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.

It’s interesting to note that a man raised from infancy to be the spiritual icon of Tibetan culture is often spoken of as a monster by his detractors in Tibet.

According to the Herald-Tribune:

“The Dalai is a wolf in monk’s robes, a devil with a human face but the heart of a beast,” Zhang Qingli was quoted in the Tibet Daily as saying at a meeting of the Tibet government.

“We are now engaged in a fierce blood-and-fire battle with the Dali clique, a life-and-death battle between us and the enemy,” Zhang said.

What’s interesting to note in this scenario is that the man himself has begged his people back in Tibet to continue nonviolent protests, and without his presence to self-correct his image to his own people, his party is being used rather heavy-handedly to stir trouble in the name of politics. But of course while his followers in Tibet are busy popping off at China, the Chinese-run government in Tibet is busy popping off at him, when they were the instigators of his departure as an influencer in the first place. They got what they wanted. No Lama to take their power, nor to defend against the blame for troubles in the region.

We see the tabloids of Brittany Spears and don’t realize these are the same sentences levied on the noteworthy throughout social boundaries of culture and purpose. Sometimes just being the one to stand up highest is reason enough for some people, even for some to attack the ousted Dalai Lama. I mean really. From our cultural perspective that’s like disliking cup cakes. Four legs bad, as Orwell would snort, in getting back to the creative innovator’s theme of advancing on to new territory while following the path.

There’s one simple rule though. Whether the critics praise you or burn your flag, you’re still the one producing as long as you sit down at that keyboard every day and discipline yourself to continue on your own successful ideas through story, life, or any other purpose or medium. If you’re advancing on problems to solve, and making use of the day, you’re getting done what you started.

We all have those days, even the Dalai Lama. My advice would still be the same. You have to weather the most criticism when you are doing the most. People who do nothing have no critics for a reason. Where as someone willing to stand up in that difficult circumspect role as innovator or even just organizer, or as this story proves, someone with the ghost of a presence that even smacks vaguely of potential from miles away, is going to get a little attention from people against what he represents, or might represent, or actually has nothing to do with, he was just mentioned in passing that day before something odd went down.

Sometimes even cupcake, captain obvious values of measured, rational decision making becomes distasteful when wrung up against someone’s issues. Good or bad is only perceived in partial view of the complex human actions in total. Once you realize people are looking at the truth only in respect to their direct state of mind, their reflections and reactions to each other and you are somewhat more manageable. This is the sort of zen like assurance to give you patience when you’re weathering any sort of test coming from any unexpected direction. Plot failures, deadline shifts, or the occasional epic failure (note: there’s always a twist at the end.) True of life, and true of writing… also an excellent character study.