What’s Burma got to do with us?

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Aung San Suu KyiPenny Waterhouse finds a connection with the struggle for democracy in Burma.
I was listening to Aung San Suu Kyi, the democratically elected leader of Burma, about the struggles in her country to be self-determining. And although Burma’s situation is very different to mine, here’s what she said which rang bells with me:
– being a dissenter is what democracy is about
– building contacts with each other is what is done
– one struggle is just one of many struggles across the globe and this understanding brings solidarity and connections
– mental freedom is at the heart of what creates material freedoms
– the drivers for change are always internally led
– out of differences come new ideas
– and, when things seem bleak, what you can do is keep the flame of hope alive

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