A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive... And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
William Penn

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone...
George Fox

Monday, July 16, 2012


a fence made of skis


Forte d'Exilles
The road we didn't take

Daniela and her daughter volunteer once a week to prepare and serve dinner at the encampment protesting the proposed high speed, TAV railroad.

While back in Amazas with our host, Daniela, she suggested we camp the following night near Chiomonte, at the sight of an encampment protesting the building of a new high speed railroad through the Susa Valley called the TAV. Most of the population of the valley are opposed to the railroad, which they feel is impractical and an environmental disaster in the making. Nevertheless,  because of political lobbying, the TAV is still scheduled to be built, running from Torino to Lyon. As my friend and I were in agreement that there is a failure of democracy when money for a very few triumphs over the voice of the people, we decided to camp there.

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