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August 20 in Pen Pal

I missed posting about what happened on August 20 in Pen Pal because I was posting about Irom Sharmila, a real-life political prisoner. Belatedly, then:

On August 20 in Pen Pal, an editorial in a national paper in Kaya's country questioned the wisdom of the agitation in the mountains.

People in positions of power often have a lot to say about what's wise or unwise for those without power to do. Sometimes they're even well-intentioned (though sometimes they're distinctly not), but they're almost always ignorant. "Why don't you just [do X]? Why must you [do Y]?" There are reasons, but the powerful don't take the time to learn them.

. . . More cheerfully, here are some Pen Pal treasures that a pen pal sent me--bottle caps, feathers, stamp, sea glass, volcanic rock, friendship rock, and--sea heart!

treasures



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cucumberseed
Aug. 21st, 2014 05:21 pm (UTC)
People in positions of power often have a lot to say about what's wise or unwise for those without power to do.

That needs to be engraved places. Obvious places. In really big type.
asakiyume
Aug. 21st, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yep, it's an always-annoying, sometimes harmful trait of the carelessly, obliviously privileged, that they always know what's best for the less privileged.
queenoftheskies
Aug. 21st, 2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
Those who "have" always think they can make the best decisions for those who "have not".

I love your treasures!
asakiyume
Aug. 21st, 2014 08:39 pm (UTC)
I love the treasures too--it made me feel all floaty to receive them ♥
sartorias
Aug. 21st, 2014 08:32 pm (UTC)
Everyone one of those has a story, and is a treasure!
asakiyume
Aug. 21st, 2014 08:38 pm (UTC)
So very true!!

Congratulations by the way, on that starred review on Kirkus!
sartorias
Aug. 21st, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
*beam*

thanks!
heliopausa
Aug. 21st, 2014 11:46 pm (UTC)
That is so sad, about the powerful, even with good intentions.

Edited at 2014-08-22 02:11 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Aug. 24th, 2014 07:24 pm (UTC)
I think sometimes they do come to understand. It's a generalization and not a universal. And it's certainly true that everyone can benefit from time to time from outside advice or an outside perspective--it's just that so often when it's from the powerful and to the powerless, it's not all that helpful and comes with a huge compulsion to accept it.
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