Just got back from a work related trip to Puerto Rico. In between conference meetings and expensive lunches, I did manage to visit Viejo San Juan and other tourist areas. I'll be posting photos of Puerto Rico. Full confession. Since I didn't want to be seen as a "gringo tourist", I spoke Spanish all the time and said I was a mexican tourist. Tee-hee. It paid off! Bueno. First photo:
For now, I have been out of loop of sorts with my blog. Aside from work and family, I have been kept busy with community issues (Resist the Wall, etc) and my meditation community, Flor de Nopal Sangha. Add to that, I am trying to get my reading habits up to par. For what is worth, I am reading 1491. OK....I am still perusing.
It's minor and the grand events of everyday life that gives us a glimpse to this bizarre social-economic system we live in.
Before Hurricane Dolly came by, I had the not so pleasant experience of going to a local chain pizza eatery that offers buffet from 12pm to 2pm. Ah. The delights of mass produced pizza. Not being one to be good on time at any event, I arrived with a hungry belly at 2:10pm. When I arrived at the counter, I paid the cashier for a regular meal and noticed right behind her the buffet table. The table had seven pizzas being kept alive under cooking lights. I kept staring at them. What would they do with the overproduction? Give it to a lucky customer? Save it and give it to the cooks? Ride as fast as they could and go to the local shelter? Ah. No. That would encourage folks to eating free pizza. Can't have that!! The manager approached the pizzas quietly with a trashcan. Slowly. Picked one. By. One. And throw them away. Throw away seven complete uneaten untouched good pizzas. I kept my eyes locked at the manager who seemed perturbed at being caught throwing away good food. He stopped at pizza number 3. I sat and he returned to throw away the rest.
What to do? At minimum, at our own personal level, think about what you throw away in your garbage can. Even if you do not agree with Freegans/Freeganism or dumpster diving, these two videos should give you food for thought (no pun intended):
Born and raised in Mexico. A guerrilludo by birth and a futbolerorockerosocialista by choice. A long time border dweller from Matamoros to Nvo. Laredo. Jumped el charco into Laredo. Came to the Valley and got my degree at UTPA. Most of my career has been in non-profit and social service organizations.
"Everything has been figured out, except how to live." --Jean-Paul Sartre
"Those who dance are considered insane by those who can't hear the music." -- George Carlin
"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." -- Albert Einstein
"If I am what I have and if I lose what I have who then am I?" --Erich Fromm
"When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist." --Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara
"Déjenme decirles, a riesgo de parecer ridículo, que el revolucionario verdadero está guiado por grandes sentimientos de amor."
"Sean capaces siempre de sentir, en lo más hondo, cualquier injusticia realizada contra cualquiera, en cualquier parte del mundo. Es la cualidad más linda del revolucionario."
-- Ernesto "Che" Guevara
"History calls those men the greatest who have ennobled themselves by working for the common good; experience acclaims as happiest the man who has made the greatest number of people happy."
"Morality, religion, metaphysics, all the rest of ideology and their corresponding forms of consciousness, thus no longer retain the semblance of independence. They have no history, no development; but men, developing their material production and their material intercourse, alter, along with this their real existence, their thinking and the products of their thinking."
"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is to change it."
"History does nothing, it ‘possesses no immense wealth’, it ‘wages no battles’. It is man, real, living man who does all that, who possesses and fights; ‘history’ is not, as it were, a person apart, using man as a means to achieve its own aims; history is nothing but the activity of man pursuing his aims."
"The weapon of criticism cannot, of course, replace criticism of the weapon, material force must be overthrown by material force; but theory also becomes a material force as soon as it has gripped the masses. Theory is capable of gripping the masses as soon as it demonstrates ad hominem, and it demonstrates ad hominem as soon as it becomes radical. To be radical is to grasp the root of the matter. But, for man, the root is man himself."