18 January 2010

One World

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.  Margaret Mead

Tonight I watched 60 Minutes and listened as Byron Pitts interviewed volunteer doctors regarding the conditions under which they are working. The term used, "Civil War medicine", terrified me. With limited supplies including rubbing alcohol to sterilize instruments and no electricity, the doctors have had to resort to the use of hand saws to remove limbs of those injured. As Dr. Paul Farmer a volunteer doctor walked Byron Pitts to the location where bodies were being disposed of because of concern for public health, he noted while horrifying, it was necessary for people to see for themselves the horror and therefore, understand the need to assist in any way possible.
I chose the YouTube video above because like the 60 Minutes interview, it not only shows the faces of the people devastated by this earthquake but also gives one a sense of their strength, their joy and their belief in what is possible.

I have used Margaret Mead's quote a number of times here. Given what my fellow bloggers have written, I am convinced she was absolutely right about the power of a group people to make change. Distinct viewpoints all engaging their readers in thought and the need for action.  Read on:

Keeping it in Perspective


In Honor of Molly Hightower   (see sidebar)

From Texas to Turkey to Haiti

Happy Sabbath

Call to Action?

Maybe February...

Prayers for the People of Haiti

Conscious Friday: Yele Haiti

For My People

Bloggers Unite for Haiti

Relief Work in Haiti

One more take from 60 Minutes...A US soldier sent on her first deployment witnessed her parents homeland for the first time. She took solace in the fact that she could speak to the people and they could understand that help was on  its way. Their response was that they were proud of her and that she was doing a good job.


SE'LAH... said...

this post brings tears to my eyes. thank you so much for raising your voice to help the people of Haiti. lots of prayers sent up.

one love.

Yvonne said...

Good post, one that obviously took a lot of time to put together.
Thank you.

Mel said...

In last night's 60 Minutes, the doctor who insisted that Byron Pitts witness the disposal of bodies was not Paul Farmer. If I remember correctly, though I haven't gone back to check, it was a volunteer doc from Lenox, MA.

C.M. Jackson said...

Se'Lah--prayers and good thoughts to you and yours as well-c

C.M. Jackson said...

yvonne--thank you! c

C.M. Jackson said...

Mel--thanks for the correction--I was going from memory and couldn't find a transcript of interview.I will revise post--best c

Ermanno Gioacchini, director, dramatherapist said...

You, owner of a greta heart! Bye friend,let's go on...
Ermanno http://drammaterapia.blogspot.com/2010/01/haiti-poetry-that-survives.htm

C.M. Jackson said...

Ermanno--in tutto il mondo, pace, amore e comprensione --grazie c


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