SEOUL: Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi today called for democracy with a ‘more human’ face, arguing that technological development and economic wealth were no guarantee of a free and harmonious society.
Speaking to students after receiving an honorary doctorate from Seoul National University, the 1991 Nobel peace laureate said it was up to the younger generation to ensure that development brought peace not strife.
She said she would like to talk about democracy ‘with a more human face, with a kinder face, with a more responsible face’ — a democracy that is really meant to nurture people, not to help people get ahead on the road to material development.
She added that compassion, kindness and harmony are absolutely necessary for the world today.
Her comments are likely to resonate in South Korea where rapid economic development has resulted in a hyper competitive, high-stress society and widening income gaps.