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The fairy tale I’ve played up in relation to contemporary conflict has been “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” which gets at the essential components involving corruption, power, and speech. http://deoxy.org/emperors.htm Those who follow my themes will recognize in it the “malignant narcissist” and the related and fearful pandering and toadying involves as well as the innocent bravery of the child who says what is plain.

I’ve remarked this to “M” with reference to development: with age (plus Facebook and blogging), I’ve become both more aware of geospatial variables in improving qualities of living anywhere as well as culture-wide variables that either abet or impede the creation of more survivable societies.

In tactics, that comes down to looking over a neighborhood, town, or region plus population, assessing its suffering and asking what can be ameliorated, improved, or introduced toward a greater and benign general good.

In the values components, integrity counts as may a benign will to include more people in more good things, and then added emphasis on apportioned responsibility, so that neglect or willful blindness are not allowed to remain contributors to greater sorrows.

Regarding the life of the mind in literature: the discussion is more important than the illustration that promotes it, but it’s the illustration in the head — play, poem, story, legend, myth, instruction, song, painting, dance — that transmits cultures across generations.

Uncontacted peoples and those “contacted” but remaining within state protection essentially live with less challenged (uncontacted) or softly defended (because they are welcome to leave when they are ready) language.

A primitive Amazonian tribe of fewer than 150 souls (reference: linguist Daniel Everett) may go many generations — even for something like forever — left alone in the modern world. Nations involving millions or tens of millions or hundreds of millions haven’t so cozy an option — and there we are back with a geospatial or area-wide approach to change (in the direction of a higher level of integration of many systems, both by way of physical infrastructure and of the underlying structure of the mind that finds expression through art and language).