Dec 16, 2004, 8:15 AM
Post #13 of 15
Allow me to relate a recent experience that I hope is at least somewhat on point.
Re: [thfarrell] So is SubComandante Marcos a good guy or a bad guy ?
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A few weeks ago, two friends from the USA came to the Lake Chapala area to visit. One of them had been here several times before; for the other, it was his first visit. One evening we were all sitting in a locally popular watering hole at a table with several other people, two of whom were Mexicanas. At the next table were two women from Guadalajara, both, judging from their appearance, of Spanish descent, and both of whom spoke loudly and disparagingly of the women at our table and their obviously indio ancestry. To their credit, both of the women at our table shrugged off these remarks, saying they were used to it, but the companion of one of them turned to the adjacent table, smiled, and told the ladies en Espanol how pleased he was to have the priveledge of meeting two people of such obvious importance and high breeding that they were able to speak so poorly of people whom they had never even met. I won't relate the Guadalajara ladies' response verbatim, but forms of the word "jod**se" were prominently featured. Need I add that the first time visitor was, to say the least, not impressed by their attitude?
The point being that prejudice and racism and bigotry and ignorance exist everywhere in the world, even here in paradise.
On another note, I, like one of the posters above, am also a veteran, and as such have seen my share of politically sponsored violence. Let me tell you, folks, that to my way of thinking, zooming around the sky dropping napalm onto other human beings really, realy sucks, and anyone who believes otherwise really, really needs to take a good, long, hard look in the nearest mirror. Simply killing everyone you don't like isn't the answer; in the long run, such actions come back to haunt us. But perhaps I have read too much into the aforementioned post.
I will now dismount from my soapbox.
"There was only one catch and that was Catch-22 . . . ." - Joseph Heller
(This post was edited by Gary Anderson on Dec 16, 2004, 8:49 AM)