So I just returned from the 21st Annual Wallenberg Medal and Lecture, where Aung San Suu Kyi received a Raoul Wallenberg Medal, given to those who show how “One person can make a difference.”. During the questions and answers section, which featured Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma via Skype since she couldn’t leave the country, one of the answers she gave regarding democracy reminded me of citizenship. She talked about how Americans do not realize how lucky and fortunate they are to be in the system that they are in, to be able to take part in government through voting, to be able to exercise freedom of speech. She also implied that it amazes her that so few Americans vote, and that even fewer Americans recognize how fantastic the privileges that come with being a citizen within a just society.
My mind immediately went to Shklar, and how we talked about in class how so few people within the realm of citizenship recognize their privilege, and that it takes being on the outside of the parameters to truly appreciate the inside. I just thought it was a really cool thought that I would share. See you all Thursday.