Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Exploration 11

One of my favorite passage from the essay, "The Revolution of Spirit" by Aung San Suu Kyi, would have to be "'To live the full life,' she says, 'one must have the courage to bear the responsibility of the needs of others . . . one must want to bear this responsibility.'" This is important to me because all my life, I blamed others for my lifestyle and I never took responsibility. I never had courage, until recently. I have now taken the responsibility for myself and the needs of others. I understand now, reasons why everyone turns to God for help and for prays. I have turned to God when I need help when times are difficult. Also, I have learned that if I take the car out for fun and the car gets damaged, it is my responsibility for everyone in the car and the damages done to the car. I have grown up to understand why my parents do what they do and why it is their responsibility to teach me right from wrong. I have been responsibility to tell my parents where I am and who I am also, I have taken responsibility to donate clothes and money to those in need.

I found interesting that Aung San Suu Kyi's mother Aung San, Burma's independence hero, was assassinated when she was only two years old. Aung San Suu Kyi campaigned for the NLD and was banned from personally standing in the 1990 election. Also, she was released in July 1995 after being on house arrest for five years, she faced restriction on travel. When Aung San Suu Kyi's husband, Michael Aris, died of cancer in London on March 17, 1999, he petitioned the Burmese authorities to let him visit Aung San Suu Kyi one last time and they had rejected his request even though he had not seen her since Christmas of 1995. In 2000, she was on house arrest again for attempting to leave the capital, Rangoon, again. When she was released in 2002, she was able to travel the world. She traveled the country and holding meets for thousands of people turned out to see her and hoping of the Generals that during her long period of detention the people would have forgotten her.

Dalai Lama is a the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the the survival of their identity, culture and religion. The tensions created in China, was when the Chinese started attempting to eliminate Tibetan religious and culture to earn control over Tibet. When Dalai Lama was exiled, tension increased. The Tibetan Nacional Assembly decided that the Dalai Lama should leave Lhasa immediately because in their view, his life was in danger. The Tibetan government was dissolved and China was in direct control on March 28 and the Dalai Lama was on his way to India when he establish his new government in exile.

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