Thursday, February 24, 2011


Mohamed Bouzizi: Burned himself to make a point that he would not put up with the way that he was being treated by his government and that he was ready for a reform. His act starts a revolution in his home town and causes revolutions is many middle eastern dictatorship style governments.  His act enraged his friends and fellow citizens to rebel, and eventually become the first group of people to overthrow their dictator. 

Thich Quang Duc: Set himself aflame to rebel against his administration that was persecuting Buddhists. After his death the government promised reforms, however, they were either slow to be integrated, or not integrated at all. His act increased the number of protests against the government, soldiers were dispatched, and many people were killed.

I think that it is interesting how closely related both intents were, and how different the results were. Both men were standing up for what they thought was right, and both men were able to spur on their countrymen to back their cause with their extreme shows of selflessness, and both were against and oppressive government. 

This quote shows the fear that people living in an oppressive government, such as both suicide victims, face every day. It also helps explain why they were so willing to take their own lives for their causes.

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