© Malcolm Browne / AP Photo, Jun. 11, 1963, Thich Quang Duc burns himself

50 years ago today: Thich Quang Duc (Thích Quảng Đức), a Buddhist monk, burns himself to death on a Saigon street to protest alleged persecution of Buddhists by the South Vietnamese government.

This photograph was a shock all around the world. The situation today: In Tibet only, far more than 100 people set themselves on fire every year. That’s an evidence of incapacity for human beings and governments all around the world, don’t you think? We all have to live with the fact that the people give their lives because they think it’s the only way to change things for better. What a fucked up world we live in. Sometimes I wonder.