The pygmies live in parks... for free. I do not feel or believe we all have the empowered right to an opinion on all issues.
Andy, The older I grow the less I know. Why? This is a big, big world I live in and I realize that perhaps 10 of what I read in newspaper, newsweek and see on TV is barely accurate. I go up town to coffee shop and what I hear is perhaps 2 correct. It is only how the people think in their mind it is and I expect a lot of information we receive the people it comes from really believe they are correct. Does it really matter? I have decided in the big scheme of life being happy, healthy and paying my bills is the only thing of true importance to me. Of course I will always be trying to find out interesting things about our world just like you are.
You have sounded very depressed for the past few weeks. Are you ok?
Here in the States, I have moments like the one you wrote about. The reality in the present moment cant be read about or heard about or seen on TV. You know, it is sort of like what is happening in Iran. No one talked about how the people of Iran felt or what was in their hearts. It wasnt in a book or talked about on TV or on Radio. Well, now we know.
I have only been out of the USA one time and that was to go to Rocky Point in Mexico. That little experience was not even a blip on the map compared to what you do. I just wonder if you are at a disadvantage because you are an American. People may be more suspicious and you are already a target because you are a foreigner. Does staying in a community for a long duration help establish a healthy trust?
I enjoy your blog and look forward to the book you might write in the future!
God bless you!
If you say we dont know, then why do you allow comments?
0 and 1, off and on, the world is a nuance, I enjoy comments. I was writing about a real person, not this NOT-real Internet life, this Travel Journal is not my life.
I am pointing out that too many people think they are experts at many subjects, typically anything they happen to be talking about at the moment. This is not possible, and when a person writes a comment about the location where I am at, I want to have them qualify their knowledge, not active voice, try some passive voice with humility and open ends, use the word maybe.
Example: I have been to Uganda five times, and liked Fort Portal... etc.
I lived with the Pygmies between Kabale and Kisoro in Uganda.
What you read is not knowledge, it is hearsay and should NOT empower people to feel they know anything, they just read a lot, this is not knowing. Repeating what you read is the problem.
I told a man observations, and he told me what he read in the paper, who is right, neither is right or wrong, and I am only positive of one thing, neither of us is an expert. Neither of even speak Thai...
I am sure Michaels death is important, I am not sure why, because the above comment was written with that sense of empowerment that worries me.