My AHF duties took me to Demopolis on June 1. I have lived in Alabama all of my life, but until Monday I had never been to Demopolis. It’s a wonderful town in a beautiful Alabama setting–passed a lot of people on the highway going and coming and made some new friends once there.
I went to both Montgomery and Troy on June 2. I had been there before but just like in Demopolis, I met new, to me, interesting folks who do a lot of interesting things. Both trips reminded me that people-watching and people-meeting are two fun things to do.
When you observe the thousands of people at a sporting event, or when you walk down a busy street or when you watch the comings and goings in your neighborhood, what do you see? Just people?
When you hear the population report of an Alabama city or county, hear the enrollment figures of one of our big state universities, or have someone tell you that a family of nine is moving in down the street, what comes to your mind? Just people?
I met new, to me, interesting folks who do a lot of interesting things. Both trips reminded me that people-watching and people-meeting are two fun things to do.
In the computer age, we have become such a statistically oriented society it is hard for us to think in terms of people in any other way than “numbers.” How many visited our website this month? How many responded to our Twitter posts? How many e-mails did we get about this or that?
But every person you met on the street, every neighbor you saw leave the house and every person at the game should have the opportunity to learn more about the humanities and humanities disciplines–to get talking about contemporary issues and have a better understanding of the past and a better view of the future.
The Alabama Humanities Foundation is a good investment waiting on your support. Our services are geared towards people, not just numbers. Feel free to give me a call at (205) 558-3992 to discuss gift options today.
Written by: Paul L.