Making the Impossible Possible
On August 2000 we saw a Dateline special called "Beyond Rangoon: Life of Aung San Suu Kyi." Up till then, we have never heard of Aung San Suu Kyi before. However, in the special we learned about her perilous house arrest and the personal sacrifices she made for her country. Her courage, the hope she inspires, and the tragic nature of her "sacrifices" made her a poignant figure, that we thought would be a worthwhile person to research.
Now almost nine months later, we have done a detailed study of her life and struggles and a detailed study of the conditions in Burma. She proves that an individual can make a difference. We believe that she is a remarkably courageous woman for standing up against one of the most oppressive and brutal regimes in the world. By criticizing the government and not letting fear conquer her, she acts as a voice for the 41 million voiceless Burmese men, woman, and children. She brings her country's troubles to the international forefront, demanding that they not be ignored. She instills hope for her people and all oppressed peoples around the world.
All three of us are young Asian women, and we think that Aung San Suu Kyi is a great role model. By learning about her, we have learned to appreciate our own freedom in America. We have learned to never take that freedom for granted and to always be sympathetic with those who are not as fortunate as us. We have learned that when we see intolerance, oppression, or general wrongdoing in our society, we should not be silent and fearful, but to speak out and be bold. Aung San Suu Kyi's struggle in Burma wipes away our own personal cynicism about our modern world. We no longer believe that the impossible is impossible, and that one person among millions cannot make a significant difference. Aung San Suu Kyi has proved our cynicism wrong. In Burma, she gives her people hope, which allows them to continue on in their struggles. Hope is an abstract, yet very powerful thing. It conquers cynicism. It conquers fear. It makes the impossible possible.