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Once I got over my white guilt the whole begging business revealed itself as a game, and I wasn't necessarily negotiating from a position of power within the context of the interaction. The spectrum between begging and commerce is a purely gray area as well. I think I gave people money twice,

I saw some things in Cambodia that I couldn't deal with emotionally, and the stark difference between the children there and in Laos (which has, I believe, a pretty similar GPD per capita) got me thinking that the behavior of children is the strongest "on the street" indicator of the health of a culture - as they're not old enough to project an image or hide what they are feeling and experiencing.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Sep 7th, 2010 at 06:29:06 PM EST

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