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I remember when I went there being vaguely surprised by how common they were even in affluent areas. And realising how little hlp, or hope, there was for any of them.

Even commenting on their existence brought me nothing but grief from my hosts who regarded such as an attack on America or them...or something.

Yet they are images I can't ignore, particularly those of the vets.

I'm not saying the UK is unblemished here, but our system is not so brutal.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Oct 24th, 2006 at 04:58:05 PM EST
Brutal is exactly the right word -- it is shocking.

Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 24th, 2006 at 05:25:11 PM EST
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is not the solution - commitment is. Whether you are in prison, homeless, disabled, minority or otherwise differentiated from the mainstream, the most important thing is to believe that other people CARE. And I join these categories together provocatively...

There is, in many people ( possibly all), a feeling of being incomplete. None of us is perfect. But being imperfect is not an excuse for remaining so. One can only reach out.

IMO, a sense of belonging - on whatever scale suits you - is one of the most important influences on the development of character.

You can't be me, I'm taken

by Sven Triloqvist on Wed Oct 25th, 2006 at 04:47:09 PM EST
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