What I remember most from my childhood is not so much speciﬁc issues, concepts, or causes—those came later. Instead, I re-member what it felt like to be exposed to service and to be taughtabout volunteering. There was the thrill of getting to go somewherewith my mother, who would talk to me beforehand about the jour-ney we were going to take for the day, whether it was a rally
If you’ve ever looked at the list of names that scrolls by at the end of a movie, you
know that it “takes a village” to create a work of art. Books are not that much different,
and it would be impossible for me to acknowledge the contributions of everyone
who has helped make this a manuscript that I am proud to put my name on.
Bernard Shaw calls us a nation of villagers. To a large extent this appellation holds good. We are so
self-sufficient unto ourselves that the most important events in the world leave us cold if they take place
outside of the realm of the star-spangled banner.
A wonderful and terrible thing is happening in the largest empire on earth; a downtrodden people is engaged
in a death-grapple with its merciless rulers; and never were masters so inhuman, and never were people so
heroic. In comparison with this titanic struggle the French Revolution itself sinks into insignificance.
Take, for example, a project with the purpose of improving peoples
health through increased food production obtained via activities such
as irrigation and use of pesticides. Such a project will not be
sustainable if water is extracted at a faster rate than it is replenished.
Furthermore, if the increased food production is made at the expense
of pesticide residues in the drinking water, then the project purpose
may be undermined by health problems among the villagers.