A Revolution of the Heart: Myanmar and Me

Two days since the release of Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma I have found myself newly inspired. What was another example of classic oppression by a military government has now become a story of hope for the future of our world. Though one may argue, and convincingly so, that the Junta released her as a ploy to show that their elections were “fair”, the very fact that she was released from her house arrest at all is incredible. More incredible still is her reaction to the release. While many would immediately begin to voice resentment, anger, calls to violence, or triumphant decrees of impending victory, she moved with dignity and humility. When interviewed she stated that she is seeking revolution in the most non-violent way possible. Suu Kyi wants the military not to be overthrown, but rather, to rise to the occasion as a true champion for its people. She wants change. She wants TRUE change. To want more atrocity as a statement against it is hypocritical and anti-progressive. As an agent of peace and a true lover of her people, she has risen to the hard task of asking her own to love their enemies and themselves enough to want something better; to ascend to a greater state of being; to be a nation of people united in a triumphant revolution of the heart and not of power. That is why she wishes to meet with her captor peacefully to discuss the future. Suu Kyi will extend the olive branch and not the sword. Shouldn’t we? Shouldn’t we want what’s better and not just new control? In a world full of hate and power struggle our greatest leaders are those who would gladly ask you to lead them. They are the ones willing to trust you and love you enough to allow you the opportunity to be better rather than mandate compliance with “progress.” If Aun San Suu Kyi can have hope this strong and belief in the potential of a group of persons that have thus far been anything but humane to her and her people, how can I ever hate? Would you love somebody enough to forgive their worst with the hope that your unarmed prostration will welcome them to be heroes instead of monsters? Seeing the recent events in Burma, I am inspired to believe I can.

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