I’m proud to say the named “Bosnian woman from Tuzla” quoted in this article is my friend and former interpreter while I was deployed to Tuzla. She helped explain a politically complex situation to me when I was 21 years old and probably not mature enough to have grasped it without her. (Even though I was given an M-16 and played my own oblivious part of that situation.) Something that is not complex we all need to understand is that every place in the world where large masses of people are robbed of experiencing the joy of providing for their families because of corporate greed, those masses will rise up. If we can all fight our own human desire to be greedy, then we can have a more peaceful planet. As my friend said about what’s happening in Bosnia, “You have really hungry people who decided to do something.” Hungry people will always do something, so let’s keep each other from getting so hungry.
I generally don’t feel much more for dead celebrities than I do any other stranger who dies, but Philip Seymour Hoffman I’m especially sad to see go. May he rest in peace knowing he had my admiration for his craft. His ability to be comedic while remaining authentic was unmatched.