Close to Dystopia

5 min readJun 12, 2021
Peace-bleeding by @ziziws

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty.” Thomas Jefferson

This quote comes into my life at a turning point, when everything I once took for granted is challenged in the face of a corrupting force, and I couldn’t help being captivated by the pressure those words are having on my inner desire.

I am just your average introverted friend; slightly shy and too naïve to fit in any predefined characteristics, but I know what makes a good person and more than anything else, my ruling desire is to serve for a better collective future. Maybe this childish idealism is in conflict with the dominating reality and I won’t pretend it isn’t. The world is in fact, a distorted beauty and suffering is the product of a deeply rooted ego that define us physically within and without.

Three Fingers salute artwork by ZiZiWS

On the 1st of February, the day when the new parliament was supposed to be commenced, the Myanmar military/ Tatmadaw crashed this young dream and detained the democratic president. Amid the dawning of the new democratic phase the country longed for, they suddenly announced a state of emergency after claiming widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Despite the lack of evidence to backup their claim, they took the liberty and made themselves the next leader of Myanmar. History in the making, another generation got trapped in what seemed like a life sentence for eternity. It’s scary how the greed of a few figures could create a circle of suffering in millions of people across multiple decades. I won’t ask why; I don’t have the right to, do I? I am a nobody compare to their power, status and wealth. But materialism aside, a big part of me feel abused by this oppression.

Are our lives so cheap you feel the need to price tag us with bullets in our heads?

Since the start of the coup, close to 850 civilians are killed nationwide, while 5000 more are detained and tortured in jails. This military is also the one responsible for decades of notorious attacks and oppression against the ethnic minorities, including the genocide of Rohingya people since 2017, which resulted in one of the largest refugee crisis. A lot…


Aspiring writer & digital artist. Write prose and embed emotion in between vividly dark beautiful lines. Finding ways to connect with the wounded hearts.