As far as the present military situation in Afghanistan, what example can you give that the US government does not agree with Baba's philosophy?Baba:  "It is better to get hurt by the truth than...

As far as the present military situation in Afghanistan, what example can you give that the US government does not agree with Baba's philosophy?

Baba:  "It is better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie."

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that one of the overlooked elements of the story is the idea that there is strong applicability to the United States involvement in Afghanistan.  I would say that there is some connection to Baba's philosophy in the relationship of hurt and comfort in truth and lie.  I think that there is some connection to it because American involvement in Afghanistan had been predicated upon the idea that the situation in which America finds itself is complex.  The understanding of what is truth and what are lies is a challenging element.  The belief that through some way, America would be able to enter quickly, restore order, and easily move Afghanistan to a friendly democracy and a free market nation.  This was "comforting" to many in America because it provided an easy solution.  The "hurt" that results is that there are complex elements in Afghanistan, making it difficult to understand which forces are "friendly" and which are hostile.  If the simple solution involves bartering deals with tribal leaders who actually do worse to women than anything imaginable, it would represent the basic idea that America is comforted with a lie.  I think that these nuanced relationships help to bring out how America's challenges with Afghanistan brings out much in Baba's philosophy.

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