Nobel Peace Prize speech by Aung San Suu Kyi in Oslo
The speech may be read from this link to the Nobel web site -
from here. When available I will post, from here, the video of the entire speech. I personally found the following passage particularly significant and moving:
The First World War represented a terrifying waste of youth and potential, a cruel squandering of the positive forces of our planet. The poetry of that era has a special significance for me because I first read it at a time when I was the same age as many of those young men who had to face the prospect of withering before they had barely blossomed. A young American fighting with the French Foreign Legion wrote before he was killed in action in 1916 that he would meet his death “at some disputed barricade;” “on some scarred slope of battered hill;” “at midnight in some flaming town.” Youth and love and life perishing forever in senseless attempts to capture nameless, unremembered places. And for what? Nearly a century on, we have yet to find a satisfactory answer.
Are we not still guilty, if to a less violent degree, of recklessness, of improvidence with regard to our future and ourhumanity? War is not the only arena where peace is done to death. Wherever suffering is ignored, there will be the seeds of conflict, for suffering degrades and embitters and enrages.
I urge those who can, to watch it in full, it provides a bright moment of hope for all humanity, amongst the economic darkness and other difficulties that presently seem to prevail in our world, upon which, sadly, I normally elect to blog!
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