Why Are We Too Busy To Notice?

Posted October 17th, 2011 by Albert DeCiccio Ph.D., Provost, Southern Vermont College

I heard a sermon recently in which the person sermonizing told us of a visit he took with some college students to Honduras.  While there, a member of the Honduran resistance was speaking to the students who accompanied the person giving the sermon.  He talked about the overthrow of the leader of Honduras, which the students had not heard about, and how the members of the resistance were working hard to establish that leader’s ideals in the people of Honduras.  At the end of this Honduran man’s spirited talk, a student said, “I was so busy that I didn’t even know there had been this overthrow.” And the Honduran man said, “In whose best interest is it that we are too busy to know about the happenings in the small places of the world?”

In light of the protests that have been occurring in our country and all over the world, we should think about this poignant question:  “In whose best interest is it that we are too busy to know about the happenings in the small places of the world?” If we are that busy, who is reaping the benefit of our lack of involvement?

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