I never expected a traditionalist to be so, well, modern. But Drusilla worries that surrounding land could be bought by the ubiquitous banana plantations whose practices pollute the rivers and destroy the Carribbean coral reefs. She also sees a potential for community. Not necessarily other Mennonites, but conservation-minded folk who also lay off the mary jane. She may be radical, but there are limits.
What struck me was the gumption. To move the Promised Land to a tiny country in Central America, because yours didn´t live up to the guarantee. Once upon a time--think grade school here--I thought my homeland was a haven. Hadn´t we created something indestructible, fully ours? Could there be something better out there?
The Lapps don´t seem so radical in many ways. I think they´ve found something sensible. But will it lure other tropical pioneers?