Today is the first day of the New Year. 2019 has arrived and 2018 has passed. The Global New Light of Myanmar wishes all citizens good health, in body and mind.
Ushering in a new year involves changing from an old to a new era. In keeping with the law of impermanence, the old is gone and the new has come. Impermanence is the law of nature. All temporal things, whether material or mental, are involved in a continuous change and are subject to decline and destruction. Time will always bring change.
Time waits for no man. So, man has to work and do good deeds in this mundane world. Waste of time means waste of life.
It is man’s duty to make good use of his time. He must review his deeds – how he behaved in the past, how he dealt with others, or how he spent his time helping others. Then, building on lessons from the past, he must shape his future.
It has been 70 years since Myanmar regained her independence. As we embark on a new year, all citizens must review whether they can build a country which deserves independence or build a good life which deserves independence. If every man can build a precious life during his lifetime, there will be a prosperous world, a paradise on earth.
Only by practicing the four cardinal virtues and the principles of shame and fear can a man build paradise on earth. Discarding greed, anger, ignorance and pride, and serving others through loving kindness is the way to reach the goal of a new, prosperous world.
To err is human. So, it is important to avoid wrongs and hold on to the right attitude. It is regrettable to see man unable to discard his greed, anger, selfishness, and pride. If we cannot break the cycle of hatred and splinter into groups, the world will be far from prosperous.
We should resolve in the New Year to change our mindset to make our country thrive. Let us work to achieve this goal.