On a second thought, I would probably give up a year of my life for an opportunity to
But fear not, comrades, I will write a nice story that would make you all smile. Be warned - it won't be a culturally enriching story about a monkey lost in Anne's hair. While Annie feels excited when she meets foreign customs, and she is particularly excited about Indian traditions - some Westerners are grown ups and that makes them a little bit more skeptical about these other
In India, the local population used to have a peculiar tradition "sati" of burning alive the wives of recently deceased men. The British decided to intervene - which understandably led to a criticism by the local "multi-cultists" that Indian people should have been allowed to murder women. The British General Charles Napier had this to say in response to their objections: "You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."
Interestingly enough, when I pushed American liberals about the British reply on one of the blogs, some of them had the temerity to claim that British attitude towards burning defenceless women alive was imperialistic, racist and intolerant. Sometimes, I feel like Annie should have been born as an Indian woman during those dark times, and lived in the Indian areas which still followed the old traditions. That would have taught her to appreciate the Western views a little bit more and care for the monkeys a little bit less.