06 August, 2006

My Heroes: (7) Aung San Suu Kyi

Aung San Suu Kyi. Born June, 1945
In 1967 Ms Kyi gained a degree from Oxford University in politics, philosophy and economics and lived in Britain as she was married to an Oxford professor untill, in 1988, she returned to her counrty of birth, Myanmar (Burma) to look after her dying mother. While there she was appalled at the poverty, corruption and lack of democrocy under the repressive military junta. She decided to enter politics under the strong influence of the non-violent philosophy of Mahatma Ghandi and when her party won 82% of the vote in the 1990 election the results were annulled and she was placed under house arrest. She was offered the chance to be set free if she would leave the country. She declined that offer and has spent about 10 of the last 16 years languishing under house arrest, but she is still defiant, refusing to step down from her comdemnation of the regime.
The government has stated as recently as July this year that “her days are numbered” and that she is “heading for a tragic end”. She was awarded the Nobel Peace prize in 1991 "for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights". It strikes me as ironic that the regime in Rangoon remains in power while the world’s flimsy efforts to free her permanently are thwarted by her own non-violent protests. Is the conclusion to be that only violence would bring down this dictatorial regime?


Blogger jim said...

This woman could be the very embodiment of a comment I just made to a question on another blog asking what is God.

I said, God is your meaning, your meaning is you, the thinker, the doer, the planner, the liver of your life. Your meaning takes place between you and other people and/or things. All meanings are within One God, and each individual has their own 'place' and so their own 'meaning' in relation to that One God.

If you accept that that One God is growth of the whole of mankind everywhere into a world of freedom and peace and cooperation with each other, then it is easy to see this woman as extremely righteous and Godly, a greater meaning few have.

I hope things go well for her, the world is a hard place for many to grow themselves in and thru.

I see behind her face and eyes the life you describe in the text, magnificent and brave, yet sensitive and individually vulnerable, God help her I pray.

Monday, August 07, 2006  
Blogger Bazza said...

Yes Jim, as you say, it's all in her face. I beleive she is a Buddhist which is not suprising. Buddhism does not speak of any supreme deity; maybe her path to her god is as you descibe above.

Thursday, August 10, 2006  

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