Monday, November 15, 2010
Symbols of Freedom Who Will Inspire Many More
'It is not those who inflict the most but those who can suffer the most who will prevail'. The very first time I heard this quote, it struck a chord with me. I always admired those who against all odds stuck to their beliefs no matter what the consequences, people whose strength was not in inflicting damage onto others but in their courage and resilience to tolerate the pain and the suffering meted out against them by the oppressors. Perhaps because such tolerance of pain and suffering was so remote to my own abilities.
Last Saturday, the world cheered the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, a woman who has had the courage to share the sufferings of her people in Burma, and today was the trial of Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian human rights lawyer who has said 'If I can not save my clients, I might as well die with them'.
The strength of these women in facing the consequences against them is beyond words. They may become the very manifestations of the opening quote in this post, they may prevail in their life time, but they will definitely, without a shadow of doubt, inspire thousands more to seek freedom and justice and hence prevail at the end.