By nature human beings want to be appreciated, recognized and valued, which I think is a good bridge, if you like, to interrelate to each other. Some produce actions that would impress others and seek for the appreciation in return. That, I categorize it as a superficial level of doing good if one is intending to do good. Aside from that, there is a saintly level of doing good for others purely for the sake of goodness. A number of selfless figures have laid down good examples for us such as, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Gandhi and Desmond Tutu. These people lived their lives selflessly for the betterment of others. That was how they define life. A human dignity was selflessly earned that way without the intention of earning it. This is the crucial issue that I am going to talk about in this article.
On the road to change in Burma, many of us have already taken a great deal of things for granted. Under the name of ‘change’ individuals are still pursuing for power. The power to take control, the power to earn recognition and praise. Aren’t we tried with a bunch of jerk offs who were desperate for power for more than five decades? Looking at the situation closely, I personally think, this is the right time to detach our inborn immaturity to seek for praise and recognition for the long struggle of peace in our country. It is time to nature the courage to do something of our own good selflessly.
‘Sacrifice’ is what does not really matter for most of us nowadays. The philosophy of individualism introduces us the rights, needs, and wants of each and everyone of us. On the other side, it teaches us how to get, not how to give. Living in that current of getting, giving becomes the hardest principle to practice. Unless there is something profiting for us, we are not ready to engage in anything. Relationships become very commercial and superficial. In this, I am seriously talking about how we relate and communicate to each other. In this structure, we look at our partner as a prey not as our neighbor. Being genuine is rarely a case in modern time. Fake smiles, fake smart phones, fake friends, fake love and fake things. Pause yourself and think about it, you will realize it is true. The world is becoming too greedy. Including us.
Late Pope, now a saint, John Paul II was famous with only one word during his struggle for the political change in Poland : “Solidarity”. Polish across the country were raising banners that said “solidarity”. This particular world composed of ten alphabets is a magnificent word for change if internalized it by all of us. It is the concern, the care and the understanding of what we are going through as a whole. How could one of us think of taking for granted of things in this situation? Let alone be the greediness and struggle for power, it is time to look at the whole country as a family. If we don’t fix this mess by ourselves, who else is going to fix it for us? It is time for ‘solidarity’ before it’s too late.
What good is it if your brother in Kachin state is not having a meal when you are enjoying a grand dinner in Yangon? What good is it? What good is it if your brother in Chin state is suffering from cold when you are sleeping in a cozy hotel in Yangon? Aren’t we all bear the same identity? Aren’t we all living in the same land? We write our history. We are the author of it. It is the sympathy, the big heart that has rooms to embrace the reality. The reality that we are broken into pieces by our immaturity and selfishness. It is time to accept, realize and move on for the betterment AS A WHOLE. “Sacrifice”, “Solidarity”, and “Selflessness” will do a great deal of good.