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#4604: Graves responding to Dorsinville (fwd)
From: archim <email@example.com>
Greetings from Haiti. Sorry, but I suppose I just did not get the
point of your posting and comment/question to me. I will attempt to
explain my position/feelings on this whole issue. Fourteen years in
Haiti have given me much experience, and that experience has been in
working with the people; trying to help in whatever way possible, and
that with very little financial support.I'm not complaining; I'm
merely making a point.
Although I have had many wonderful (and some sad) experiences
during my time in Haiti, one thing which stands-out strongest is the
innane ability of all-too-many Haitians to argue and disagree over
just about any and everything! It is so difficult to get Haitians to
work together or to march together, hence my use of all the mottos and
metaphores I can dig-up to emphasize the importance of togetherness
To me, and to many of my expatriot friends who live here in Haiti, the
current chaos over elections...and in actuality the whole chaotic scene in
Haiti, is due to argument; individualism; selfishness; boastfulness; prIde
(that magiscule "I" in the middle is there on purpose!), and downright
evil. My comments are based upon the belief that nothing good can ever come
to Haiti (other than yours truly of course!) until the people here begin to
walk and work and think and plan together. It may be that the popular party
(Lavalas) and the popular leader (Aristide) have flaws, I don't know...and
basically don't care in this discussion! I see the only hope in Haiti as
being at unity with them. Maybe all the opposition politicians have a point
or so to make, but until the Haitian people begin to follow their own state
motto: L'Union Fait La Force", I do not forsee any "force" coming which
will sweep Haiti into better circumstances.
And so, "ansanm, ansanm". "together, together"; "United we stand;
divided we fall"...(and that's not Haitian!); "Allons enfants de la patria;
le jour de gloire et arrive"...(and that's not Haitian, either!) And let's
not forget the words of our own National Anthem (one of the most beautiful
and least known): "Pour le pays, pour les ancetres; marchons unis; marchons
unis. Dans nos rangs point de traitre, du sol soyons seuls maitres.
Marchons unis; marchons unis; pour le pays, pour les ancetres. Marchons,
marchons, marchons unis, pour le pays, pour les ancetres!"
What better way to end this message, and I assure you that there is no
better way to bring peace, happiness and stability to Haiti.
Father Michael Graves