Monologue: In the Light of the Darkness

I shouldn’t complain. They say the Lord helps those who help themselves, and armies cross the famine-stricken countryside of Ethiopia, helping themselves. If I’m treated poorly, the Tibetian minorities of China are treated far more poorly. If I treat another poorly, I’m not as cruel as the white government of South Africa. Today, because the opposition wants to stop murders, they are murdering leaders of the opposition. I never use the words hardship, tragedy, or even difficulty to describe my own situation; if I admit I have a problem, then I’m not serious. Considering the evil alive in the world, no one should care whether I exist. 23 July 1985

12 Petite