In the beginning God created the Heavens, the Earth, and the Human Race and said it was good. God put a man and woman in the Garden of Eden where they could live stark naked, free from lust and all temptations. There was toiling or sweating. No pain or hunger. Everything was provided to sustain them forever. Then they screwed it all up. To this day the Human Race has learned absolutely thing from this debacle. Life in the mid twentieth century, along the Buffalo River in Lawrence County, Tennessee, exemplifies the divergent range of consciousness which has evolved in Mankind since the time of Eden. Minnie Shelton said she had two things against her when she was born. She was Black and she was a woman. She taught herself to read when she was four. She had an unquenchable thirst to understand the world and most of all the reason for existence. Minnie had a perspective of the world much above the masses. She would live her life yielding to the unmovable and grasping as much from life as time and circumstance afforded. Jo Sephus was a small man with the cognitive development of an eight year old. He was abandoned by his mother and siblings in his mid teens. He accepted whatever life offered without judgment or malice. Minnie Shelton said if she had to stand in final judgment in ather's shoes it would be those of Jo Sephus. Life can be hard. Nature is blind and unyielding. Sickness and death stalk us from our genetic inheritance. But above all, most misery comes from Man's inhumanity against Man. Yet, as Ophelia Shelton found in a journal left by her mother, each person on earth has within their grasp the power and conviction to eradicate human misery. It was given to humanity by a man that walked this earth for over thirty years, two thousand years ago. Love your neighbor as... In total exasperation Ophelia cries Why are we all so blind?