What's at Stake? A Way of Life.
Driving along La. Hwy 14 in coastal Vermilion Parish earlier this week on official errands, I was drawn to a roadside marker that reminded me how long the Cajun culture of this region has endured. At the same time, in considering the impact of BP's debacle, I was impressed with how tenuous is our grasp on this culture and the ways of life that attend it. Even without the oil spill, the threats and challenges of the global 21st century are tough enough. Greater than the economics and the environmental catastrophe, to me, is the threat of losing our cultural identity: much is at stake.