As we enter the new year, and cross the threshold of what’s to come, talk of resolutions abounds. Yearnings to be better, do better, and live better find their manifestation in personal goals for the future. While this is an important exercise in self-reflection and (hopefully) self-actualization, nevertheless we should also cast our gaze to a more distant, heroic horizon. We should embrace the spirit of John Lennon’s timeless anthem Imagine: let’s dare to dream of a better world for all humanity.
What might a better world entail? Well… what’s life like for our fellow human beings around the globe? What did their 2013 bring, and what hopes do they hold for 2014? Let’s look to our neighbors in Mexico, where the constitution has just been re-written after 75 years to allow international penetration into the oil sector. This was one of the last remaining sovereign sectors of Mexico’s economy. What kind of hope does 2014 hold, then, for our neighbors to the south?
There’s a beautiful and moving song by the Puerto Rican hip hop group Calle 13 entitled Latinoamerica. The chorus declares:
“You cannot buy the wind,
you cannot buy the sun,
you cannot buy the rain,
you cannot buy the heat,
you cannot buy the clouds,
you cannot buy the colors,
you cannot buy my happiness,
you cannot buy my pain.”
In short, humanity and the planet are not for sale. And yet, capitalism insists on turning a profit off of them, off of us. We cannot accept the notion that the best we can hope for in the new year is simply some personal gain. Let’s set our aspirations beyond our selves… and imagine a better world. Yeah, I’m a dreamer… and I’m not the only one. I hope you’ll join us.
Beautiful. I’m with you.
I’m with you in the dream . . . “but we’re the only ones.” Peace to you and all. Bruce
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Beautiful song you shared. Indeed, our children are raised to believe that a society built on competition rather than cooperation is the only viable option. Here’s to waging peace in the new year.
With this latest conquest of Mexico, it seems like we who imagine are dwindling. But they say it’s darkest before the dawn. Let there be light!!
Right on! All the best in 2014 🙂
Yes, indeed! Have a great 2014 🙂