a reply to: pennydrops
Sometimes it can seem as if all that surrounds us is darkness, as if all is shadows and blackness. With all the million fold dooms befalling our
species daily, it is easy to fall to despair and sorrow, rather than rallying to a banner of joy.
But it is when faced with tales such as this, such bright shards which pierce the cowl of shadows drawn about the human race, that we catch a glimpse
of the light, and dare to dream, to hope, and to flourish in the wonder they inspire in our hearts.
Though the circumstances which lead that father to flee with his son, to the deepest woodland, and hide from the rest of their fellow men, were of
the most dire and catastrophic nature, the fact that this man protected his son, developed effective strategies to keep them both alive, and taught
his son to live in nature with him, and the fact that this pair have survived until now, should inspire every human being who has ever struggled with
We should look upon our problems and consider them beside those which bought this circumstance to pass for these two brave souls. I am humbled by the
implications of these two surviving for as long as they have, by the protective instinct of that father, an instinct lacking in many fathers with
better circumstances to work with. In terms of the way this pair should be dealt with by society in Vietnam, I rather think that it would be an idea
to allow these two to do as they please, until they are ready to fully involve themselves in the affairs of the outside world.
It would be unreasonable to force them to give up their forest life in a jarring and sudden manner, especially for the younger of the two, who will
find verbal communication difficult, probably until the end of his life. Living in society requires certain skills, skills for which a jungle life is
ineffective preparation. Forms, taxes, motorcars, rules, regulations, the trappings of "civilised" life. These things are not easy to understand for
those of us who have lived with them all our lives, in any nation.
If at all, the transition should be made slowly and with great care!