“You should never let your fears prevent you from doing what you know is right.”
-Aung San Suu Kyi (Burmese activist and winner of Nobel Peace Prize)
Since I started telling people what I’m doing this summer, I have received a few negative sentiments in regards to where I will be going. These often stem from the idea of Burma as being a dangerous place. What people don’t know is that I have been ready to go to Burma since 10th grade when I first learned about the polical situation and took the initiative to speak to a few people who lived there.
I remember getting the same types of comments before going to Vietnam. Perhaps because of the legacy of war or because we as American students have had “communism is evil” shoved down our throats since we were old enough to know geography. But being in Vietnam proved all of that wrong. Burma is notorious for being repressive…but I am not taking anyone’s word for it.
Crazy or not I want to know what it is like to live under a dictatorship. After all, many people in the world do.
So, here’s to fear of the unknown. And more importantly, the ability to overcome it.