Still Learning To See

Views from Pleasant Hill

The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill still speaks clearly of the folks who lived there. While life could not have been easy, they seem to have found a simplicity and a satisfaction missing in much of our busy lives today. Rather than go back to those times, I wonder what we can learn from them and pull forward or discover, already here, but hidden in our blindness. Meditation, satisfaction from labor, singing together, community, practical design? I don’t mean to romanticize, only suggest we might borrow what still works today.

This entry was published on April 12, 2014 at 9:43 am. It’s filed under John Snell, People, Photograph and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Views from Pleasant Hill

  1. Julia on said:

    Thoreau comes to mind for me (as he often does), with his advice: “Simplify, simplify.” All the busyness of the modern world can seem overwhelming, but in the end, each one of us CHOOSES what we will do with our days. He also said, “Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.” The Shakers–and the Amish–have made choices about how they will live. Even if we don’t make those same choices, we can all learn from them to be more honest about our own. Thanks yet again 🙂

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