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      To me, your "people endure" comment hits the mark. It also reminds me of the different roles creativity can play around the world. In places like Myanmar and Zimbabwe daily acts of creativity often represent a mix of utility and some form of happiness or joy - however small. It keeps people going.

      Wouldn't it be great if this creativity could be better connected internationally?

      Lewis Green


      We have so much work to do that it seems overwhelming most days. Most of my efforts remain focused on Latin America, as that is the part of the world I know best and where so many of my friends have shared their own personal stories.

      My prayers are with Burma. However, early on in my social activism I learned we do best when we focus most. Thank you for sharing.

      Shakespeare's Fool

      Thank you for the first hand report.
      You gave me a different and much needed
      view of Burma.


      What strikes me about this conflict is that the Buddhism of the monks and most of the Burmese people pervades even the military, maybe not in the values they live by (obviously) but in their hope for future incarnations. When the monks turn their alms bowls upside down and refuse alms from the military, the military lose the opportunity to gain "merit." This affects their future incarnations.

      A friend just sent me the following quote from Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi: "Fearlessness may be a gift but perhaps more precious is the courage acquired through endeavour, courage that comes from cultivating the habit of refusing to let fear dictate one's actions..."

      How is fear alive and well in Burma (or in any war)? How is fearlessness assisting?

      Roger von Oech

      Otto: Thanks for your comment. I've not been to Zimbabwe, but from what I've read it certainly seems that Robert Mugabe's policies have created a hell-hole.

      Lewis: "I learned we do best when we focus most." Good advice.

      John: I still recommend traveling to Burma.

      Wendy: Thanks for your insights. As you know, Burma is 87% Buddhist. Let us hope that "fearlessness" continues to be practiced. Let us also hope that the Chinese government "puts the screws to" the military regime to "reform" the country. [The latter will take a lot of "hope," as it seems less likely.] Also, I think you will have to hold your breath a very long time before the UN does anything meaningful there.

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