I recall travelling in SE Asia, staying in reasonable hostel accommodation and I was initially surprised that the staff would sleep on benches in the corridors rather than take one of the many empty beds. And after a while it struck me that this is probably how many of them sleep at home so don't know any different and who am I to say they have an uncomfortable life. Sure, they would probably relish a comfortable mattress if they ever had chance to buy one, but at that particular moment any sense of deprivation was not the want of a comfy bed. *tongue in cheek* One of the cruellest things you can do to people is give them hope. No matter how poor they may appear to us, they accept their lot and have their priorities right (take a bow, Maslow). But convince them they have hope for tomorrow and you go from one relatively contented person to someone whose sense of priorities is suddenly all screwed up. Is this a reason for keeping them subjugated? Not a jot - I remember one historian commenting that most revolutions happening not when the poverty is at its worst but when life is on the upswing and suddenly people realise there is a better future and the leaders are the ones holding them back (I don't know if it si true but it sounds sensible to me!!). However, this is a case for understanding and respecting what they want to achieve even if it isn't what we think they should be wanting to achieve. Boy, from a picture of a fire in Wiltshire to aid work in Tibet in just 8 pages. You gotta love this forum chart lark!