Friday, May 15, 2009

The Lady

I find this positively sick and sadistic. Aung San Suu Kyi has been under "house arrest" in Myanmar (formerly known as "Burma") for nearly 20 years and is now facing these trumped up charges as her arrest expiration date of May 27 looms near.

I can only imagine the worst possible fate for an advocate of democracy and freedom would be imprisonment, and I find it appalling that still, in our world, people are tortured and abused so openly and no one seems to be able to do anything about it.

The tendency to exert control over others is certainly human nature, just as it is in the rest of the mammalian kingdom. The difference is the complexity of the human psyche. Animals submit to ensure survival. People don't. Nor do they need to. From bullies on the playground to Mean Girls in high school to corporate lackeys still centered on The Deal, everyone is exposed to overt abuse of power each day.

But we must recognize there can be power in submission and pray for those whose character is misguided.

"Like the lotus, you experience three primary stages of evolution. The first is marked by ignorance and darkness, when you lie below the dense mud - a closed chrysalis - which, by nature of existence, will eventually be pulled upwards by the warmth of the Sun. The second is exemplified by the climb through the clouded waters of your emotional experience, yet still the flower reaches to the Sun, knowing no other destiny ... no other purpose. The third brings full illumination in the splendour of the light. The Lotus flower blossoms, baring its exquisite beauty to all those who are aware, enough to recognise God unfolding."

Source: The Cosmos of Soul: A Wakeup Call for Humanity

1 comment:

Michael said...

What in the world was that crazy American thinking when he swam across the lake to San Suu Kyi's house? She was prohibited from having visitors during her "house arrest" and his unauthorized visit gave the authorities the reason to charge HER with violating the terms of her "house arrest." She even told him to leave but he wouldn't.

She is brave. She has endured a lot. One day she will be rewarded for her noble efforts. Democracy WILL come to Myanmar!