Wednesday, February 23, 2011


a. Both of these burning incidents are alike because they were ways to express their disagreement of how they and others like them were being treated. To show their anger they performed burnings, trying to prove a point to the country. This all started because they weren't allow them to do what they wanted (and should I point out that what they wanted to do was totally harmless to others, selling food at a scale and practicing Buddhism without forcing others to do the same). Now the difference between them is that Mohamed Bouazizi's, the scale owner, burning was meant as a political act of anger and was directed toward the government, while Thich Quang Duc, the Buddhist, bring was religiously justified and was to call attention to his cause, not technically blaming the government, but wanting the people to see what was going on.

b. Truthfully I feel that both of these situations could have been handled better. What I mean is that they didn't have to ignite them selves to get their feelings through. I know it did get people to notice what was happening, but maybe they could have done some other act of rebellion to get their message across. Maybe in Mohamed Bouazizi's case, he could have burned a picture of the dictator or had others follow him in a strike that prohibited the rules in Tunisia. And forThich Quang Duc he could have done some kind of Buddhist act because technically he broke his own rule of Buddhism by not settling a problem peacefully. If he did something that followed the Buddhism tradition it might not have started the Vietnam War. (emphasis on might)

c. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” By: Albert Camus

In this quote it is stating that the only way to fix a problem is by standing up and proving that it is worng. This is related because each men thought that by burning themselves they would be able to get a point across. They knew there were things that needed to be straightened out in their world and actually did something to cause things to change.

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