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As if we were just one...an earth human race

Racism and xenophobia have been hidden issues in my community. They have been under layers and layers of people living in my territory for so many years that they do not know they got trapped by this type of behavior they inherited by their ancestors. It seems as if we can not forget what have happened with our native people and our territory. It seems as if genetics are more powerful than everything and many generations keep such anger in their hearts that new generations are still confused with many issues that creates barriers between families, communities, towns but mainly between old and young and male and female people.

To be able to change, we need to forget, to forgive, to heal our hearts and our souls. To be able to change we have to embrace change as if today was the first day but mainly to change we have to be willing to come out of our comfort zone and leave all our fears behind. Comfort zones are different for all of us but as I made an effort to embrace everyday changes and tried to become a more caring and loving person I found other people embracing not to change, not to love, not to leave their past behind.

Embracing different thoughts from different people from different ages has been for me a solution to find a common way out of this barriers. Talking with all the people about different issues and invite them to participate in many projects as we can has been a nice way to learn and to teach, to come closer and closer each day. Through art we have found new ideas for all of us to find a middle point to open our mind, to open our hearts, our souls to heal our collective wounds together.

Planet does not have geographical frontiers. We invented them. We made them. We closed our own planet and we got trapped in our own imaginary frontiers. Network come across all frontiers. It deletes any type of barriers we have made. It help us to knit again our own world, our own planet, our own destiny. When we get connect it with others no matter where they are, who they are, which color, religious or beliefs they have, we might be building a new human race, a planetarian one which can be a new human type with global thoughts and beliefs, with global hearts and souls, with a unique form to build a better community made of all of us. Online we can easily find solutions and new posibilities to embrace the global issues we might have. All together. As one. We have just one planet. And we can not leave it. We are an animal specie we can not leave. We have to help us all. As if we were just one. An earth human race.

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irmia's picture

I like the way you write :)

Hey Martha:

I do like the way you write. It's soulful.
And I do agree with you: To be able to change, we need to forget, to forgive, to heal our hearts and our souls.

Derrida said: "Remembering is not forgiving"

To my experience working in post-conflict area in my country, it's not hate that makes us apart but the spirit of revenge (because "they killed my friend, my family").
They never fight for their group (their ideology) actually, but for their loved ones.

Peace:
Mia

martha llano's picture

Soulful present

Mia

It is nice you like the way I write. When I was a kid I used to see writing my father almost everywhere. Years later I knew he was writing poetry. For life, for me, for my brother, for mom. And I might have received from him love for writing and also for people and all the species of this planet. That makes me write almost everyday. I am still extremely wonder of lifes beauty and I need to express myself about it.

War has never be an option. Destruction and anger has just come from it. I wish we could in just an instant could forget all the damage we as human race have suffered so we could be a new specie with out hate in our heart.

Thanks for reading my journal

Peace

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

jenchapin's picture

Hi Martha, I agree with the

Hi Martha, I agree with the above comment that you are a great writer and obviously have a talent for writing the written word in a very fluid and engaging way. I also understand where you are coming from about having to live in a culture where there are still issues of misogyny and racial prejudice. I too long for a day when it is a distant memory, but I think my hope is also that women can open themselves to each other (wherever in the world) and create networks that help to educate the current and new generation, so that change will happen. I look forward to reading more about Colombia and the things you are working on in your community. Take care!

judyschiller's picture

Your words are powerful!

Martha,
I enjoyed reading your post, with your emphasis on all of us being connected, as one human race, all on this (one) planet together. I also agree with you that we created our own borders ("frontiers"), and that we can break down those borders via the internet and interacting online with each other.

It sure looks like you have inherited your father's strong poetic skills, so I hope you keep writing! More importantly, I hope you continue to engage in powerful conversations, especially regarding breaking down racism and xenophobia. Only then can we begin to truly accept others.

Gracias por su cuento! (y tambien por la foto de Colombia! :)

Judy Schiller

martha llano's picture

no borders

Judy,

Thanks for your words. I enjoyed so much writing as listening to stories that I wish I could do this for ever....sometimes strong stories made me sad but I keep on every day trying to make connections, trying to break borders....trying to find new paths.

all the best

Martha

Con afecto

Martha Llano
selva@sentir.org
marthallano.wix.com/serna

HAGA ALGO........ lo que lo haga feliz!
Y tan sólo recuerde que las soluciones a problemas globales dependen de cada individuo.

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