Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Finished (on audio): A Thousand Splendid Suns - Another Wow. Another one that really opened my eyes to what it's like to live day to day in the middle east, and made we want to learn more about what has happened and continues to happen there. The thought of not being safe is so alien to me. The closest I've ever really come to feeling like that was during Hurricane Katrina when we had 100,000 extra people wandering around...some angry, most at least disoriented. Many wandering around our neighborhood because we live close to the River Center which was a major evacuation point. We heard stories of violence, but never actually saw any, but there was this constant undercurrent of tension which was so odd and also oddly distracting. I can't imagine what it must be like to ACTUALLY be in constant danger, never feeling safe, never being able to relax your mind. How do people survive that? What must it do to a person's psyche?

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