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What's the point of ending the Myanmar moral game?
As with 90 per cent of the nations of the entire planet, Burma (now Myanmar) is said to mark the date on which its part of the globe has improved for the better every year. This is January 4th, when the nation achieved sovereignty from Great Britain. Sometimes, arbitrarily as it may be, at least this is a good time to think.
All the more so if it is a beautiful round number like 2018, which will mark exactly 70 years of Myanmar autonomy. Wherever I am, every single afternoon I begin my tomorrow with at least one story about Myanmar, a land that has ruled my world for a century. On April 4, when I was browsing message pages, blogs, Facebook and Twitter, I was expecting a whole host of enthusiastic elections in a land whose high expectations had sunk.
Or, like so many others around the globe, will they stay hostile, Stateless and struggling for coming generation? I would wager that if story is any leader, the latter is likely to be depressing. And, on a day like Independence Day, when we look to the near ahead, the story should be our leader. Among the thousand of words I was reading, it was the dull assessment of Myanmar's renowned historian Thant Myint U that struck me:
A number of pressing emergencies have struck the whole countrys economy - in the wake of a number of conflicts that go far beyond the North Rakhine disaster - including those of war. However, even the seven previous centuries were no stroll, for the last Burmese monarchs were confronted with the realities of their dwindling powers in a realm of Europe's kingdoms and voracious global hog.
However, the last ten years in which I have been living, researching and studying the story of this land had undoubtedly felt different. From the blood-stained ash of the poorly designated Saffron Revolution of 2007 and the almost scriptural devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis in 2008, Myanmar seemed a land on the road to recovery.
Someone could have said six month ago that during February 13th in Tibet is certainly bitter-sweet, or April 18th in Zimbabwe just marked the date on which the ferrous gloves were transferred from a foreignborn to a landrower' s growing hands, the Independence in Myanmar 2018 was really a celebration.
This would have been the last fairytale section in Myanmar's great moral piece - a scenery with heroes and rogues, somehow more good or more bad than all of us. The first time I came to Myanmar in 2008, I wanted to lean back and relax and indulge in the moral values of all its black and white people.
In all the years I have lived and worked here, I have only ever encountered those in the most bewitching greys. Who have been compelled all their lifelong to make the dark decisions associated with being under a regimen that was at best uncompetent and dirty.
These days, they are struggling to resolve evil issues with finite means or to restore old certainty in a rapidly changing underworld. As are the myriads of young, Myanmar talents who reject the bait for far better wages and working in the West and are committed to doing unseen but important work in the country's interest - work for which they will never be recognized.
I have also encountered humans who are near spirits, but not where I had foretold. It is something that all of us who think about Myanmar's condition at 70 would do well to recall. With all our good words and good intent, the solution to Myanmar's issues is and always will be with the Myanmarites.
You will be in charge of the clean-up when the next man-made disaster comes - and it will - and we must do our best to help it. Good for a beginning, for this Independence Day, what those of us out there can do is not to keep the moral game going for another ten years.
Although we continue to hold out hopes for better, we must acknowledge that Myanmar is as complicated, traumatic, dangerous, failing and beautiful as any other place in the worid, and that our resolutions and our assistance should be well-founded. If we can't give up the custom, at least, we might be able to stand up and see if the piece we're seeing has no Myanmar comedians.
As a filmmaker in this part of the globe, I have learnt that letting the Myanmar community talk for themselves and for themselves is the only useful thing I can do; showing their gray tones in technical color is the only constructively role I can take in developing this shared vision that Thant Myint U outlines.
As I asked one of those votes - Taw Phaya, grandchild of the last Burmese monarch - what embassy he had for the British (the British embassy to kidnap his grandpa, imprison his wife and occupy his country), he stopped for a while, then said: At the beginning of your 71 st year, I wish the same to the Myanmar population, all peoples and faiths.
And at the chance of getting another one for that fucking piece of morals, you earned it. Bescoby is an award-winning film maker and co-founder of the Grammar Productions film. He has been working, residing and learning in Myanmar since 2008 and has a special passion for the common story of Myanmar and his home country of Great Britain.
We Were Kings-the tale of Burma's prodigal loss of the Kings-won the biggest prize in British documentaries and recently debuted in Myanmar, and is now working with Grammar on new documentaries in Myanmar, among them Allie' s ('Forgotten Allies', to be released in November 2018), investigating the heritage of the Second World War in Myanmar.