July 07, 2017

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Discipline in its real meaning in Myanmar to be well-convinced for us

  • By Khin Maung Oo
  • Almost everywhere, discipline is a commonly used word in our everyday expressions. English dictionaries define it as “The practice of training people to obey rules and orders and punishing them if they do not (or) the controlled behavior or situation that results from this training.” According to it, we know that it is closely related to rules, orders and punishments. As known by all, rule and orders are enacted or promulgated for people to abide by. In case, we violate it a legal action will be taken against us and we are liable to get the punishment we deserve. Disciplines are prescribed for us respectively; school discipline for students, road and traffic discipline for pedestrians and vehicles, discipline for offices or companies, etc. To put it simply, we got accustomed to it since our younger days at school, because of having been trained by our teachers. Civics was taught since our salad days, and once in the past we were fond of keeping disciplines.
    Yet, later before we recognized it, disciplines disappeared from our surroundings. In fact, discipline is prescribed by us ourselves. Disciplines for the public are drawn up by legislative bodies for our society to survive for long whereas administrative bodies manage to make people obey them. So, we are obliged to follow them. Failing that, we will be subject to punishment or danger. Sorrowfully enough, we are creating these rules and disciplines and simultaneously we are ruining them. As a result, accidents, dangers and casualties are increasing more and more in our society. Some people seem to think that disciplines are being made without necessity, neglecting to notice discipline in its real meaning in Myanmar. Discipline is called in the Myanmar language as “Si Kan,” made up of two syllables. The first monosyllabic meaning of “Si” means a boundary in Myanmar and the second one “Kan” means a bank/ the side of a river and the land near it in Myanmar.
    A boundary or a bank forbids us not to go past them. If we go beyond a boundary, we are likely to be arrested for trespassing. Likewise, we will plunge into the river and will be drowned if we proceeded without noticing a bank. Boundaries and banks are warning us to avoid moving on, knowingly or otherwise. They can be likened to rules and disciplines in our society. Some may scornfully think that discipline and rules restrict or control our actions and deeds. It is quite wrong in assuming so. We individually need to develop the practice of self-discipline. Even though we are not punished by rules for violating these rules and disciplines, we will surely get contempt from others noticing us violating disciplines. To sum it up, let us build a just and prosperous society by keeping self-discipline.

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