A few weeks back, I got a case of minor heat stroke and dehydration. In addition, I picked up the flu — as we were going through the desert in Nevada. We don’t use air conditioning in the campaign vehicle, for environmental reasons. And to finish the particular tour route we were on (HWY 95), meant we still had to go south into Arizona, in August. We made a decision to go on, even though my temperature was about 102 or 103… We made it, and shortly after the fever broke… Two days ago, USA Today had a cover story about illegal immigrants making the trek across the desert in Arizona, on foot. According to the article, smugglers drive the immigrants north ot the barb wire fence, cut through it, or climb over it, and enter the desert in Arizona — where summer temperatures reach 115, or higher. They dodge motion sensors, video cameras, helicopters and agents with infrared goggles. If something goes wrong, the “coyotes” think nothing of abandoning these people in the furtherst reaches of the desert, also according to the article… As a result, more and more of these immigrants are dying. The cause of : hypothermia and heat stroke. The article further explained: “As the body temperature soars to 107 degrees, pressure plummets, vital organs fail, victims suffer cramps, nausea, exhaustion. Some strip or go crazy. Ultimately, they just sit down and collapse”… Makes what I went through seem quite minor. And what’s more, many of these people brave all this because: their kids are hungry. How can so many of us, and especially those of us who profess to be spiritual, be so cold to their plight?