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Burning Yourself Alive
Previous | Next by ben 10 January, 2007 - 12:27 AM

I'm sorry not to bring my usual cheery news today, but this is rather disturbing, and I felt it needed to be shared. Apparently the news has seen fit to report that Afghan women are burning themselves to death. Well, they're not just burning themselves to death, but they've found (supposedly from Iranian women) that this is a successful way to commit suicide, and that they really do want to commit suicide.

Also, apparently, Afghanistan rates considerably lower than India or China or Iran (in that order, according to NPR). My question is, what would cause you to think that this is a good idea? What is it, about us, that can make us so horrible to us that we think it's a good idea to set ourselves on fire? I mean, in what part of, of, of the "being a human being" manual is there the bit that says "hey, did you know that if you mistreat someone badly enough, she'll think it's a good idea to grab a can of turpentine and a bic and go to town?"

Sure, we're screwing up the environment, sure we're not, in general, excited about learning and making the world a better place, but i didn't know, until today, that we're getting to a place where it's culturally popular to light yourself...



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