Lord you sound privileged and clueless.
Meredith Hobbs

Hi Meredith, when scientists talk to each other (including criticism) it’s meant to be helpful, because scientists build knowledge and help solve problems through collaboration. I’m a scientist who does ethnographic research on personal resilience, talking to a fellow scientist and ethnographer who has overlapping concerns. I think this is really important stuff, and I care very much about the health, safety, wealth, and dignity of all people, including the Afghans this story is about. So I promise you I read the story, and did so with great attention and interest. But I read it from a “How do we improve our understanding of the world so we can actually make positive change?” perspective. Practical solutions to problems are a higher priority than feels.

Also, can I suggest you tone down the moralizing? I was a US Marine for 15 years — any civilian trying to lecture a Marine about suffering and privation is bound to come across as entitled, and more than a bit ridiculous.

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