Dec 31, 2009, 11:20 AM
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I have lot of respect for Ron Mader so please donīt take this wrong as we live in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas and Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca among friends whenever we choose to do so but this "Responsible Tourism" movement, while certainly commendable on the surface is awash in words more important than results in my judgment. I wish to engage others in this conversation rationally. I am not being cantankerous. I would like to explore where this "movement" is taking us that profits no third "profit mortivated" party.
Since we bought our home to renovate in San Cristóbal de Las Casas as a second residence in 2006, we have lived by the principles of the "Responsible Tourism" movement without fail even though we did not even know of the existence of this movement and our motives were not altruistic but based on the personal rewards we could achieve just by being there and interracting with locals. That was a personal decision. We never thought that we were engaged in some sort of "responsible tourism" and, as it turned out, we were not engaged in any such self-professed, personally glorifying high-minded rescue of locals from themselves. I smell a sponge and Iīm speaking of the concept, not what Ron and his associates are sponsoring in Oaxaca which, frankly, sounds like a lot of fun and an educational experience to me.
Comments; in agreement or contrary, are welcome, even solicited.
(This post was edited by Hound Dog on Dec 31, 2009, 11:51 AM)