James Ron writes about "devergent realities" of foreign countires and our own.
The co-existence of such strikingly diverse worlds is a sociological marvel. Although I've been studying societies at war for decades, I am always amazed at the ability of wildly divergent realities to persist, side by side, as if nothing were more natural. Moving amongst these different worlds while reading stories of horrific Mexican violence is eerily educational. I've known parallel worlds of this sort before, but it's always a shock to re-discover the phenomenon in a new place.
December 8, 2011
Also seen in Open Democracy
December 11, 2011