Altars in the Street: Review

Topics: Thich Nhat Hanh, War, Suffering Pages: 2 (793 words) Published: January 5, 2006
The reading for ‘Altars in the Street' is for people who live in cities and those who have fled them due to the ongoing war on drugs. It will speak to those who care about the future of today's children, our neighborhoods, "communities", our nation as a whole and anyone who dare look truthfully at the relationship between poverty and prison as well as community and education. These ideas are very similar to the writings of both Ehrenreich and Hahn, as they both portray views and ideas of achieving peace and the many aspects of war. Chavis's book draws on deep reserves of good humor, common sense and practical experience of nonviolent action. Altars in the Street is a moving testament to the power of sprit in today's world. The South Berkeley neighborhood of Lorin is unique in some ways. For one, it is truly racially integrated, which is a rarity in most American cities, especially in today's times. Chavis's efforts to deal constructively with her own anger and to practice kindness, even to those who are her enemies, reveals the essence of spirituality and what it can do to heal others. ‘Altars in the Street' powerfully conveys the ethical base of service and rigors of compassion in an embattled environment.

Chavis's writing does a very good job of showing the reader how the theories of Ehrenreich and Hahn, war and peace, can be united and portrayed in actual, real world, situations. Ehrenreich's book, Blood Rites, focused primarily on aspects of war and how war has evolved so much over time. Chavis brings to life the idea of war that Ehrenreich writes of, bringing war to a central place, a community, which illustrates a path to making peace and quality of life right where we are. Like Ehrenreich's book and how war evolves over time, Chavis writes how the "gang" takes over the neighborhood slowly, almost tactically; not all at once, but slowly over time. In Ehrenreich's ‘Blood Rites' Mongol warriors become dependent on the people who they've destroyed through...
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