I have been so befuddled with everything roiling around in my head that I have not been able to focus on a book enough to read it, never mind writing. But I am reading a memoir called Burmese Lessons, by Karen Connelly, about time she spent in Burma investigating the human rights situation there. She got involved with a man and ended up staying there for some time. I've only gotten part way through, but it is riveting reading. It is hard for us to get our heads around just how enslaved those people's government has made them. Like North Korea, they do not have the most basic things and are hungry and deprived in every possible way, but it has made them more determined, I think, to be free. If the world would not support their oppressors, the military government that runs that country so very ineptly, they would manage it.
Interestingly, reading about the self-censorship that goes on there, one begins to realize that we too censor ourselves, if not on a national level, in organizations, where tacitly, unchallenged policies that oppress and squelch self-expression go unchallenged. And we are far less conscious of it than these individuals. Certainly, the extent to which they suffer the consequences of the laws and policies they live with is far far greater than anything we experience.