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In the last few months, I've had ample opportunity to refine the purpose of my experiment in societal development that began when I purchased my house in Kalavan village five years ago. I saw so much opportunity then among a small group of Armenian villagers who invited me to live with them and portrayed themselves as sharing the same core...

"There is some part of your brain that insists that the cost of being wrong is infinite and another part of your brain that insists that the cost of missing an opportunity is zero. The truth is nearly the opposite."

When I fell in love with a young Armenian woman, I came to realize that all the stereotypes I had heard about how restrictive this culture is about relationships and the independence of grown children were not just over-the-top exaggerations. And the tragedy that has befallen us because of them has inspired me to speak out and try to change...

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