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This Thanksgiving, be thankful for where and what you are not

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By Trudy Rubin

This Thanksgiving, I'm giving thanks for all the things I'm not.

Of course, like so many Americans, I'm grateful to be able to rejoin my family turkey fest in person. I'm also grateful to be vaxxed and boosted, as are all the relatives I'm visiting in vaccine-sane Massachusetts.

But as someone who writes about foreign affairs, it's impossible to feel sanguine about turkey with mushroom stuffing and sweet potato-apple casserole when I've just been speaking via Signal with Afghan friends in hiding from Taliban killers.

"The world is too much with us" (as the poet William Wordsworth knew) to permit our self-isolation from human suffering, which now can be accessed via voice or video from thousands of miles away. Yet so many of us are deliberately insulated, unappreciative of how much we still have ― as the world undergoes a terrible wave of human tragedies.

That's why I propose that, in order to grasp the extent of our blessings, we should fully appreciate who and where we might be were it not for an accident of birth.

I'm grateful that I'm not the female Afghan human rights lawyer I wrote about recently. She worked with U.S. officials, as did her retired judge father-in-law who helped U.S. anti-corruption projects. If I were that lawyer, I would be spending this........

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