I have edited the post below to focus on what mattered - that I was excited to hear about the great work of IBBY and to feel a momentary part of it.
What I removed was 'tired talk' and inappropriate. I wholeheartedly apologise. It was not meant to be read as a slur on any one person - it was an ill-worded manifestation of the urgency I feel about the need for all of us to speak out in the face of a crumbling world. I regret it. My emotions and insecurities are far too close to the surface - it's a curse. I feel a dick - and even more so that I proved it.
Instead, here's a link to an amazing musing: