SALUD- health dear sisters and brothers - a brief message to share with you in the context of the day of the dead, a pre-Columbian tradition of the peoples of the continent which is now called the Americas. This celebration on Nov 2nd each year is a tradition to honor their ancestors and their ancestral roots, knowledge and practices , I hope your will check more on this well known and honored tradition which has been recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage contribution, here I will just include a link below to get you started .
In the last few weeks we have seen many political commotions and many natural disasters in many parts of the world, in our tradition, and this was taught to my sisters and myself by our mom, we do pay attention and discern - we call it read- the signs of the times. Today is must urgent we take time to do that. I will tell you how my mom, with the support of our father would have guided us girls to do that:
Ninias (girls) , look and see .. all that is happening is calling all of humanity to pay attention. To stop and discern, and not go in the busyness and business of life, because in the last few weeks nature has been calling loud and clear that it can not continue to be business as usual. Just see first terrible hurricanes decimated Houston, one of the major US cities, and many surrounding communites, and states in a way that affected millions of peoples, and the reconstruction will be long and expensive. Then we see what has happened in the Caribbean, almost all the small island states have faced the same as Houston, especially we must carefully look at what happened in Puerto Rico, Bermuda, St John, St Croix, this demands and needs a complete new beginning, costly and long, the peoples are being forced to migrate. While that was happening in the Caribbean quakes and storms destroyed much of the southern part of Mexico, this is an area where first nations have their communities. Whole towns have disappeared. And then it also happened in the capital.. the stories of Housto and the Caribbean are repeated here too. Soon we heard of the hurricane destroyind much of VietNam, so far away, and yet the story is being repeated, and soon we heard of the terrible fires and winds creating similar stories in California, a most important tourist and agricultural region.. so girls.. it can not be business as usual, we must try to make sense of all these ..and not get entertained by the busyness of life..
Nature, the whole of nature called on us... the whole universe is screaming to stop and see, to choose a to do the right thing.., stop the interesting projects and processes .. you can do all that, but nothing will count if all is taken away.. The universe in all its ways has called.. you did not believe me when I said that if we choose to look the other way and continue in our superfitial materialist ways, the stones will talk .. this is the time of the stones talking --for how else will we understand that the Oceans and Winds flooded and flattened everything, then the Earth had its say through the devastating quakes, and the the winds and fires also manifested the power that they are, as we saw it in California.. what will it take for us to listen? and change our ways?
All the elements have spoken strongly and in a most eloquent way.. we are given a directive -- this is how things will be from now on... and we know that next year will come and there is no way we will have things in place, unless we realize that the time is now to make the changes that we must .... reflecting, making sense and then acting accordingly in a responsible, timely way, is the call, that is what makes us GENTE - real people..
THIS IS THE URGENT CALL WE MUST HEAR - OTHERWISE A FEW WILL GET RICHER AND THE WIDE DIVIDE OF THE IMPOVERISHED WILL GET WIDER, AND WIDER - OR NOT? CAN YOU SHOW ME HOW CAN WE SAY IT IS NOT SO? WE GOT TO "RECAPACITAR" -- THINK AGAIN, RECONSIDER OUR WAYS, THIS IS A MUST, NO JOKE AT ALL.. TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE .. IT IS NOW - for we can continue to carry work that is innovative, interesting, important, but what life is calling us to be about, is the major thing we must be about - DO THE TRANSFORMATIVE URGENT WORK NEEDED TO KEEP UNDER 1.5 DEGREE CELSIUS, AND CARRY OUT ALL ASPECTS OF THE JUST TRANSITION..