Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Triumph of Quiet Determination

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi
We are so thrilled Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in Europe, her second trip abroad, but probably her most important to date.

She is now in Switzerland and will later go to the UK, France, Ireland and Norway, where she will finally make her speech for receiving the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

This is Suu Kyi's first visit to Europe in 22 years since being under house arrest for 15 of them.

What is interesting to ponder is how she is reacting to all the changes around her. For over two decades she was isolated from the rest of the world and now she is pretty much free to move around in it.

When she was under house arrest, the internet was just starting to become big, iPhones and iPads, MP3s, DVDs, hybrid cars, as well as new buildings and extensive political developments.

Her Nobel prize speech will be highly anticipated since it was her elder son Alexander who gave the speech 21 years ago.

In his acceptance speech he said:

"I know that if she were free today my mother would, in thanking you, also ask you to pray that the oppressors and the oppressed should throw down their weapons and join together to build a nation founded on humanity in the spirit of peace."

Who knew she would actually be able to physically leave Burma and give a speech?

The power of the human will knows no bounds. When it has decided its path, it cannot be shackled nor can it be tortured to submission.

She is the perfect example of quiet persistence, peace and inner strength.

Her ability to leave the country without repercussions symbolizes the triumph of humanity despite suffering through adversity.

Suu Kyi is proof that miracles can happen.

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