Read the above article. Try to imagine what it must feel like to be this man, who has seen atrocities and fears seeing them again. Then do one of the following:
- Journal/free-write about your feelings after reading the piece. Set your timer for at least 20 minutes to make sure you get past surface feelings to the deeper stuff.
- Write a short story exploring such feelings of fear and the atrocities that provoke them.
Lest you think I’m somehow making light of this gentleman’s concerns and history, remember that writing (fictional and otherwise) has been used for centuries to better shed light on those things that needed to be said. The best cautionary tales don’t pontificate or preach–they allow us to experience the world from someone else’s point of view, and to be enlightened by that.
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