So, I haven’t used this blog to shill products. Me, my writing, my ideas–sure.
Here’s an idea that’s so good I can’t resist passing it on:
Remember the Peace Corps? Started by JFK and now in its 50th year, thousands of Americans have volunteered for stints of two to three years in 139 different countries.
Arguably, there has been no greater dissemination of American know-how and values to the world than from our Peace Corps volunteers. In an era of rampant anti-Americanism in the Muslim world, Peace Care is an idea that makes sense no matter where you find yourself on the political spectrum.
Like most people, I’ve found the news and images coming from Haiti in the aftermath of the January ’10 earthquake appalling and upsetting.
The sheer amount of devastation and orders of magnitude loss of life make the story compelling by itself. Coupled on top of Haiti’s ignominious history, the situation touches us for its Job-like quality: “How much misery can one people withstand?”
I’ve been pleased at the outpouring of support for Haiti. Part of me feared a sense of ‘crisis fatigue’ after the pacific tsunami and Hurricane Katrina, in addition to the fact that our economy is so weak. And, let’s be honest–Haitians are very much ‘others’–darker skinned, with a French-sounding language that likely doesn’t play well in more conservative/isolationist quarters of the U.S.