Plain Talk

I told to my mother several months ago that Tiffany was applying for the MC of AIESEC in Pakistan. Not being updated on the situation after Tiffany did not get the position, my mother relayed to me a conversation she had with some kind of foreign government diplomat that she described was half-likely to be a member of the CIA, who had worked in Pakistan. The foreign agent became concerned when my mother relayed Tiffany’s interest, and the agent implored her to relay that Tiffany should stay away from Pakistan, that there were high instances of Western female kidnappings and all of these kinds of things. Despite my statement that the current (maybe past now) MCP of Pakistan, Tori, is a white Australian female, my mother stated in the old-world fashion, “I wouldn’t want my daughter going to Pakistan.”

These two heroes have stated, with their particular eloquence, why Tiffany should go to Pakistan, or Kenya, or Iran, or any such place where my mother does not want her daughter to go.

By Preston

Agent of Change, Former of Entropy, Seeker of a Stateless World.

2 replies on “Plain Talk”

it’s like when my mom brings up that Sally Fields’movie, Not Without My Daughter. Because your mom does have a point–she’s doing her job, she’s being a mother and being protective. Those cases do increase.

But that’s not the point. The point is to GO there, to MAKE a difference. To bring the world closer together and get rid of all the misconceptions that cause things like that to happen–from both sides.

And it’s to make the decision for oneself. It would be stupid to not consider the risks of going certain places because then you wouldn’t educate and caution yourself appropriately. Also, there are risks to anywhere. Look at that Natalie Something girl who went to Aruba on a school trip. It can and will happen anywhere.

But the other point is to just not be afraid of everything. You’re either going to experience life, or you’re going to be afraid and never have those stories and memories and impacts that make living important.

In other words, I liked this post. 🙂 And the ones you linked. Man, I have to get back into reading blogs.

I just wanted you to know that I would fully support your going to Pakistan, Iran, or Kenya. On the off chance that you need one, I’ll even pay for your return ticket.

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