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Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democratically-elected head of state, has written a powerfully beautiful manifestation of sadness and hope.
In this age of unprecedented economic growth, more than 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day. Three billion people, or half the population of the world, live on less than two dollars a day. Jean-Bertrand Aristide writes,
"...Among the poor, immeasurable human suffering, among the others, the powerful, the policy makers, a poverty of spirit which has made a religion of the market and its invisible hand. A crisis of imagination so profound that the only measure of value is profit, the only measure of human progress is economic growth."
Aristide demonstrates why those on the bottom will never lie down. Among many examples, he tells the story of twelve-year-old Dominique. During the army coup, thugs set fire to the children's center where he lived and which Aristide had founded. Dominique rushed in and saved the lives of several smaller children. He died a hero, trying to save still more.
Eyes of the Heart is a passionate "letter" about and on behalf of the poor-the victims of globalization: We begin with what is in front of us. I cannot see God, but I can see you. I cannot see God, but I see the child in front of me, the woman, the man. Through them, through this material world in which we live we know God. Through them we know and experience love, we glimpse and seek justice.
"Aristide is living his challenge. Eyes of the Heart is a provocative yet captivating invitation to join his efforts. A beautiful book-a Third World manifesto written in the spirit of the gospels-by one of the morally transcendent leaders of our times. This book, written with wrath and sorrow, modesty and love, will take its place among the classics of social justice in our times." --Jonathan Kozol
"Every U.S. citizen who reads this book should cringe at the merciless betrayal of Haiti by our country. Aristide takes his place with the great religious statesmen of our day: the Dalai Lama, Oscar Romero, Desmond Tutu, and Carlos Ximenes Belo. In this small book, we are priveleged to look into his soul." --The Right Reverend Paul Moore Jr.
"...[a] beautifully written, deeply moving, and ultimately hopeful account of the Haitian people's struggle to survive with peace and simple dignity amidst the violence and devastation wrought on them by a two-hundred-year-plus encounter with the predatory forces of a global economy. A must read for all who believe in economic and social justice." --David C. Korten