A friendly note from one of our favorite Unitarian Universalists, Melinda Meyerhoff. Of course, we love all our UU traveling companions (doctors Beth and Duane and UU staff persons Wendy and Kristin), but Melinda spent the most time with our ragtag Presbyterian crew, so she’s earned a place of privilege on this here blog. :)
This interfaith group has been blessed with a week in pastoral Haiti. As we drive to our work sites each day, I am enthralled by the people walking on the road carrying their goods, wood, and fresh produce to town to sell or trade. Oxen, burros, and horses, all rigged up with saddles, yokes, carts and baskets (made by hand with resources found near their homes or bartered for) make the journey possible. Others balance items on their heads, using the power of their legs only. Children follow in crisp, clean clothes, on their way to school.
No fossil fuels are burned. The people are content living a life steeped in tradition, wisdom, and simplicity.
World, take note: Can this way of living help us envision the new paradigm needed to save our earth?