Another ridiculous verdict from the junta of Myanmar, and it’s funny to see how everybody talks, but nobody actually cares. I wonder why the Americans still keep that bloody Iraq joke going, instead of doing something worth in their declining lives. But oh yes, there are too many interests from China and the Drug Lords to actually do anything for the poor people in Myanmar. Sorry I thought for a second we are living in a fair world where everyone gets a fair chance. I’m a little bit naïve, sorry about that.
I’ve never been there, but I got really close. I was on the verge of deciding to stay and live in Bangkok teaching for a few months, go to Myanmar or keep on traveling south. I decided for the last option, and the Pagodas’ country is still there for me to explore. Now that the situation hasn’t changed that much and I’m heading back, I decided I will go there. It’s important for me. Actually, it’s a few months I am keeping on hitting the same school in Rangoon, they advertised their need for English teachers, and I was ready to jump on the chance… but they never got back to me. And I am in doubt whether it is because they don’t want me, or just because the internet in Myanmar is an illogical mass of blocked information. Another good reason to go and find out.
Differently from the common Western thinking that Myanmar is a dangerous place, I am sure it is not. The Burmese people I met in Thailand and Malaysia are some of the most beautiful human beings I ever talked to. I remember this guy sitting with me in a restaurant on Kho Tao, trying to catch some of my guitar secrets that I was keen on teaching him. The light in his eyes was particular, intense, a real pleasure to cross sight with. And he’s one of the many fleeing the borders of Myanmar to try get better luck in neighboring countries where life is definitely taking an ascending comfort curve. Can you blame them? Can you blame someone whose country forbids to host people in your own house, and put you in jail if you do that? It’s a very complex matter, but whoever I met who’d been to Myanmar told me it has a unique face, a real sense of South East Asia which is lost everywhere else in the region. One of the few places in the world where you think you are living in the past… of course, with the heavy toll of a military junta ruling with a spiked iron fist.
So once again, without questioning what is good and what is not, I keep on thinking how ridiculous are we, and how helpless the situation is in a world like the one we are living in. It’d take a day or two to overtake them, and give these people a better chance. But no, this is not what is supposed to happen, and I have to pretend I am shocked by Suu Kyy proven guilty again… well I am not. How can I be, and how can you be? I just wish I could disassociate myself from the human race, but I can’t. I am going there soon, I promise. Maybe sooner than what I actually expect. Of course I won’t change the world, but I’ll try to do my fair bit to try to give a better insight to the situation and the country. And who knows, maybe I’ll end up getting a job there, and I’ll disappear from the internet waves for as long as I’ll be staying in the country, because that’s how bad it is. Really, just stop for a second and think about that. Please refuse to believe what they’re saying.