on writing this small book
My dear readers, I am delighted to have written this small book and to have
been able to place it in your hands. I would be honored if you read it carefully
when you have the time.
In preparing this book, I wrote freely whatever I wanted to, said whatever I
wanted to say, and explained the entire story and the circumstances in which
it took place. I feel more relaxed now that I have finished writing. When I
finished the book, I examined it carefully from beginning to end. It seemed
to me that the narrative was simply the unvarnished evidence of a young
child—what he saw, what he heard, and what he thought. There was no grand
description in it or purpose behind it, or even deep analysis of individual
character. But subsequently I reflected that I was born during an exceptional
historical period. Perhaps because of my karma, or the changing times, I ex-
perienced and witnessed much suffering, and not only I but many thousands
of other people did too. Each person’s mind contains his or her own account
of these events, and each chiefdom and family will have its own long story or
legend of its ups and downs. Writing these stories in the form of a book has its
disadvantages, but if they are not preserved in print, no one in the future will
know what happened. The stories will only remain true in the mind of one
individual. If they want the next generation to know about what happened
in their lifetime, the previous generation must write down the history of that
period carefully and hand it on to the next one. This is especially important
if you want your own children to pass on your story. So, I decided that my
story could only be preserved by writing it in the form of a book; otherwise
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