By: Andrés Benavente
Today I got up watching the news
with their daily stream of calamities from around the world. Wars, freezing weather, avalanches, Chavez,
Japan, Libya, refugees, dictators and leaking reactors.
This is a very dangerous world!
In between, the light note about the
upcoming marriage of a young man whose merit is only being someone’s son whose
only merit was being someone’s son…
Musical curtain. Commercials. Curtain and again back to
reality: Uprisings, protests, storms and scary polls. What a world this is!
I know that fear sells and that news
broadcasts like to discuss the bad things, but I was raised to live without
fear and I don’t plan to buy into it at this age.
I turn off the TV.
Instead, I start thinking that I
will start my day with no baggage of fear on my back and that my children will
continue to grow up as they have up to now, without any major risks or worries,
in a country built on 2 key values: Peace and Respect.
A country where everyone is unique
and no one is worth less. A country
without tanks or enemies. With no
complex nor envies.
With no anxiety for an accelerated
development, nor dehumanized by money. Where one can think and speak freely and without fear that violence will
A country that feeds the soul of its
citizens and is comfortable for their bodies.
Proud to be itself and courageous to
make its own path.
Certainly it is not a perfect
country and the best thing is that it doesn’t
pretend to be.
Another one of its unique greatness,
once one starts to understand it….