_ I may or may not have admitted to not understanding human behavior. If not, I am reminded of this failing when watching video footage from North Korea. Either there are masses of really good actors; these people are nuts; or fear and hunger cause strange actions.
Having spent many months living and working with the Korean army, I know that people from the southern end of the Korean peninsula are different than Americans (and several other nationalities with which I am familiar). That said, soldiers that I met were a far cry from their cousins to the north, as displayed on national television.
It is no consolation for people imprisoned in countries such as the United States, Germany, or Britain, but their existence might be more pleasant than that of the average citizen of North Korea. All surely eat better.
If anyone is ever feeling down or sorry for themselves, the best cure is to watch such footage...
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.