Thursday, July 08, 2010

Mail and the Marginalized

Shown here, a tribute to the mail on the side of the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC. It reads...

"Messenger of sympathy and love
Servant of parted friends
Consoler of the lonely
Bond of the scattered family
Enlarger of the common life"

An anonymous author on the website site pens, "Mail is a powerful thing."

In an interesting article Mail and the Marginalized they write, "For the prisoner wrongly accused or the slave trafficked to a foreign country against their will, take away their food and you have a starving person. Take away their communication with others and you have a broken person.

"Slum-dwellers and refugees waiting for resettlement do not usually get to take advantage of infrastructure like postal services. They have to stick together, because “scattered families” in their cases means vulnerability and isolation.

"Texting and tweeting and liking and poking and other silly online options are all well and good, but ultimately they are just quicker, and sometimes more superficial, advancements of that little envelope with a little stamp, filled to the brim inside with words of celebration or tragedy or humdrum."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM