Friday, July 9, 2010

Mush For Brains.



I remember driving with my sister in Portland, Or. (definitely in my top five favorite cities, btw) and she had this revelation:
She was running late for her graduation rehearsal because we had decided to stay at the beach (about an hour away from the college) just a teeeency bit longer. She didn't want to speed for fear of being pulled over, but she also did not want to be too late to her own graduation rehearsal. We were one our way back to the campus, watching her MPH and the clock hoping we'd get there only 2 or 3 minutes late. She was clearly frustrated, but instead of being angry and complaining (see below post) about the situation, she realized that she had created the situation by indulging in some extended time at the beach. Her less-than-responsible decision to stay longer contributed to her desire to speed, but her commitment to responsibility contributed to her desire to remain within the speed limit. Instead of seeing these two decisions as opposing, she recognized them as causal.

I think everything is like this. I wrote briefly about the relationships between multiple institutions here in Mexico in a previous post, but I'm becoming more and more aware of the infinite connections surrounding me.
I'm in Mexico right now, because I and my parents are active parts of a hierarchical, capitalist system promoting globalization and colonization. This active participation has enabled me to attend the small liberal-arts college, for which I am so grateful, that is also deeply entrenched in this system. So I'm in Mexico with a program organized and funded by my school, learning about traditional healing techniques and rituals, indigenous cosmovisions, different concepts of space and time and of relating to each other, and the Earth. And its turning me into a socialist.

Well, not really. But kind of.

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