Posted by Amanda Chapel
WARNING: Dramatic mood change. Here we cannot be more serious. This post is for perspective. How often in the daily minutia of manufactured perception do we lose sight of what's real? How 'bout every minute of every day. This, however, is real.
Here we present a photo documentary by one of our more intrepid "Amandas." One of our colleagues here just got back from a Jesuit mission to Africa. There she visited Kenya and Tanzania for the experience of cultural "immersion." And that she did.
Directly below are a series of thumbnails (click on each to see the full view). These shots are from the Kibera slums in Nairobi, one of the largest slums in the world. The approximate size of New York's Central Park, Kibera is inhabited by over a million people... all without running water or electricity. Just try to imagine one day without the Internet. Imagine.
But there unlike our world, among the filth, dirt floors and corrugated tin shacks, are the faces of angels. The shots below are of the boy and girls of St. Secilia Academy. Note: Most, if not all, are orphans; most of their parents have died from AIDS.
SO STOP WHATEVER YOU'RE DOING! We invite you to take a little time with each. Each one has something for us to keep in mind as we otherwise contemplate endless iterations of strategies and tactics for promoting our overwhelming material abundance. See what I'm saying?
Think about it.
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