By Hein Ko
The truth and courage are interrelated to each other. No matter how brave you are, if you do something wrong even though you know it, such courage or bravery will instantly disappear, and you will also become a coward.
Character means a way to teach moral behaviour. Everyone must have good morality, and having righteousness is just the best policy. The actions, habits, moral character and ethics are morality. “If you have a good character, you will be a polite person being respected by others. And you also will have a peaceful mind,” according to Myoma Myint Kywe. Then, “If you lose your wealth, you have lost nothing. If you lose your health, you have lost something. However, if you lose your character, you have lost everything,” said Philosopher Socrates.
The persons with good character can distinguish right and wrong. Moreover, they can control themselves not to break any rules. Those without good character cannot determine right and wrong and are lacking modesty or fear of sinning. Modesty is vital for human beings’ value, so people think of it as doing something bad.
Some of the news are false. It can easily mislead ignorant and unintelligent people, and some become lost in these fake news items. Meanwhile, some even want the help of foreign countries. They take to the streets to protest by breaking the rules and want foreign countries’ help without thinking of officials’ less strong riot control methods.
Some youths protesting on the roads intentionally commit social bullying via social network, and such doings are disgraceful and shameless manners. The plebeian way does not mean undergraduate, poor or ugly, it means the wicket moral characters and stances. Expressing the bad words just deviating from ethics are plebeian manners.
A person is born with a combination of polite or rude manners. Today, some people are rude on social media. Maybe, they are delivered in rough ways, and they no longer hide their inferiority during this current situation. Most of them are not mature enough. While some are CDM participants, some are rich, and some are unemployed. They use inappropriate pictures or images that should not be seen even in families.
“The people are not afraid to admit their greedy or anger, but they don’t dare to express their envy. The envious mind is worse than other,” Sayadaw U Jotika preached. The unscrupulous persons intentionally commit incitements to government staff to join CDM. But some of the CDM participants understand the situation and enter their duties as usual. Those hooked CDM due to these incitements are currently unemployed without any income.
Those full of envious mind easily do something terrible to others without any hesitancy. Their doings, like posts of their one-sided thoughts and rootless information, can be seen online. But, factual and accurate information cannot be a cover-up in this 21st Century.
Getting lost in the dark
Let’s look at the current news items spreading on the social network. Some of the news are false. It can easily mislead ignorant and unintelligent people, and some become lost in these fake news items. Meanwhile, some even want the help of foreign countries. They take to the streets to protest by breaking the rules and want foreign countries’ help without thinking of officials’ less strong riot control methods. Such moves are so silly and reckless.
Therefore, the intellectual persons urged the people to read good literature, not to trust others easily. Good readers have reasoning skills to consider what is wrong and what is right. Only a good character and mindset can overcome the actions of a “stupid but good-hearted person”. Although you have good character and attitude, you will make mistakes in serving the country and people even if you think and do so with “cetana”. Therefore, only with good character and right-thinking can there be true courage.
People should consider these transitions in Myanmar political affairs with good characters and mindsets during this current situation. They should have the right thoughts to achieve true courage.