Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Exploration 7

The Nobel Prize speech that struck me the most is the speech by Aung San Suu Kyi's son. This placed the largest effect on me because Aung San was still under house arrest in Burma and her son who she has not seen in years accepted the prize and gave a brave harrowing speech. The speech taught me many things that never really realized. I learned that the price of freedom is worth more then anything possible in ones life. I learned that I should be thankful for the many freedoms I have as an American citizen. I also learned that some things require sacrifice to the deepest of levels, just as Aung San sacrificed many years of her life away from her family and friends. One quote that caught me was the very last sentence of the speech. Aung San's son states, "The lessons of the past will not be forgotten, but it is our hope for the future that we celebrate today." This tells me that one shold not dwell on the past but instead use the lessons learned and move forward in life.

Since the speech was given years ago in 1991, Aung San Suu Kyi has been released from house arrest after pressure from the international community and local community. Also the military backed political party, USDP won the elections and signed orders to release Aung San Suu Kyi on November 13 2010. The most important change thus far is that elections actually occurred in Burma but the negative is the political party that won, USDP is backed by the military with many saying that the party is just a puppet of the military. That is basically the situation with the most encouraging news being the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and the efforts made between the government and her party on the topic of democracy in the country. New problems that have arisen include what to do next in Burma and how to combat the recent elections because they were known to be a sham by the military.

1 comment:

  1. At least Myanmar is making some progress towards democracy. People like Aung San Suu Kyi and her family are making a big difference in the government, and I think that they will be able to change it for the better.