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The Curious Human Spirit and the Devisive Efforts to Curb Freedoms

Once humans stood erectly, curiosity - fueled by inquiries for knowledge and education, and expressions in celebration of freedoms; have propelled humankind to the Moon, to outer space, to health remedies, to great discoveries including the Internet, and to celebrations from Oktoberfest to Carnival. Today, following a year of events including attacks upon civilization by the ISIL and extremists, wars in Gaza and Ukraine, aggression on the seas of Asia and a dreadful Ebola Virus in West Africa; strong leadership has emerged with a coalition to safeguard the continuity of our world and to provide a measure of stability amid all the chaos.

Yet, as the United States(US), France, the United Kingdom(UK), Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates(UAE), Qatar, Jordan, Australia and the other nations of the stabilizing coalition, establish efforts to provide the international security and stability needed so that our world could continue to inquire to achieve that illusive infinite knowledge, other events aimed to subtract from human aspirations, are already taking shape.

In Thailand, a military prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, bend on dictatorship, is criticizing what he has deemed as divisive soap operas there and he has offered to write better ones. According to reports by Reuters, the military chief who grabbed power on May 22 in coup, has declared: "I have ordered that scripts be written...and if they can't finish it I will write it myself." Obviously, a new era of dictatorship is being ushered into Thailand, setting the stage for unrest in the not too distant future.

In Indonesia, where the spirits of Indonesians assumed a new breath and a new vigor with the recent election as president by populist Joko Widodo,  there are already some sidebars to lessen the Indonesian experiment to democracy, even before Widodo is inaugurated. In a major blow to Widodo's democracy building, the Indonesian parliament has thrown the country back to a by-gone era by approving a measure to end direct elections for governors and mayors across the beautiful islands of Indonesia. Widodo has called the parliament's move a "big step back" for democracy,  for as governor, he was elected by direct vote of the people. But the political elite in Indonesia is bent on diminishing the rise of the rule of the people by the people, thus Indonesia becomes an observed entity for instability in the near future.

These attempts to dictate the will of the people and to curb human freedoms, will all be defeated, for the human curiosity is too strong in an age of aspirations and a time of freedoms.