Reconciliation, Biology, and the Second Indochina War

CNN had a story on Kim Phuc today, and she had this to say:

“I still have the pain. I still have the scars. I still have the memory, but my heart is healed.”

This reminded me of this post I wrote from 2011, which remains one of the most meaningful things I’ve written here.

Patrick F. Clarkin, Ph.D.

Of all the things I’ve written on this site, this remains one of the most meaningful to me. (June 25, 2015)

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” …………………………………………………………………………– Mohandas K. Gandhi

On my desk sits a spoon I bought in a restaurant in northern Laos. It’s lightweight, bigger than a tablespoon, and full of tiny dents that some unknown metalsmith hammered into it. The owner was bemused that in addition to the bowl of pho noodle soup, I also wanted to buy one of her utensils. But I had my reasons.

Earlier on my trip, my guide1 informed me that people in the town of Phonsavanh half-jokingly called these ‘B-52 spoons,’ as they were made of metal recovered from bombs dropped decades ago by U.S. planes during  ‘the Secret War. To me, the spoon was more than a…

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