Saturday, November 19, 2011

Aung San Suu Kyi and basket carriers

On an everyday Burma street.

“This street, I walk it every day. Past unpainted doors and over the broken pavement. To the market. For just a handful of kyat a day. The average person just gets by, somehow or other.  The average person can live to a bit past 60. The average person can read and write a bit. Life could be better, I’m sure. I’ve seen scenes on TV. There are other places in the world. But where would I go? How would I get there? So I’m just getting by day by day. But I don’t want to carry baskets forever.”
The expressions of resignation: "just gets by", "somehow or other", and the questions with no answers: "Where?" and "How?" Aung San Suu Kyi also said it: “I don't want Burma to be a basket case forever.


Anonymous said...

People look through inside to outside, they admire the others. Everyone has different life/career. To be a carrier, he can strong his arm and meet all kind of people on the street. Cheer our life, we never think about what we will be in next day. The treasure will be there, because if we can see, it means we can not feel, feel it with heart, then you will get there.

Barry Natusch said...

The Dalai Lama said, "I find hope in the darkest of days..."
Burma is going through dark times, but I think the message is that Aung San Suu Kyi has not given up hope, and perhaps her example will encourage people in Burma to keep up their hopes for better times.