Afghanistan sometimes reminds me of the tale, The Seven Blind Mice, a Caldecott-award winning story by Ed Young. Seven mice set out to identify a “strange Something” by their pond, and the first six get it rather dramatically wrong. One, touching only a tusk, thinks the “strange Something” is a spear. One, touching only a leg, thinks it’s a pillar. And so on, until the seventh mouse finally pulls it all together, realizing the “strange Something” is an elephant.
Everyone who has anything to do with Afghanistan, from a villager in the most remote part of the Hindu Kush to a voter in a Western capital, faces the same problem as the mice. Afghanistan is this huge “strange Something”, that is remarkably hard to figure out. That’s why I’ve started blogging. I don’t pretend to have the whole picture, but I realize I may be one of the few people in the world who’s had a good view of the tail, so to speak. I’m hopeful that perspective will help others act like the seventh mouse, pulling it all together.
Bottom line: The seventh mouse gets it…
Knowing in part may make a fine tale, but wisdom comes from seeing the whole.