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The Kite Runner

Why is it such a touching story?
Because we are still just simple humans. We are individuals who have weaved some things ... rules? cultures?
No matter if we can cross continents and oceans in our airplanes and have built buildings that touch the sky.
We remain at heart simple beings.
Our childhoods can leave scars that last a lifetime.
And we feel at home with people of our own kind. Language, culture, stuff which define us.
No matter how long we are away from our homes and our languages, they always remain with us. Forever.
The land where we are born is where we belong ultimately.

But beyond all that, how strange we are. How simple really at heart! Billions of us but really stories that are not much different. Happiness out of things that we like. Competition and winning. Death and sadness. Birth and death. The cycle of life. Constant as ever.

And yes, the same old tribal prejudices.

And music. And dance.

And the beastly nature too. The need to dominate the week.

Courage. A somewhat rare quality. Sometimes we choose to be meek ... take the easy path. The instinct for self-preservation. Understandable really from an evolutionary perspective.

All those things that make us human.

Oh, the human condition!

How simple and yet how complex at the same time ...

And so a wonderful movie based on a wonderful story.

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