Second day in the trip which started in a great way in breakfast. We started the morning with discussing with a professor from here about the history of Guatemala. Even though by the end of the discussing, it seem like he was preaching toward us about, I connected to what he was saying. We talked about how fear conquers people so easily that revolting toward corrupt governments is hard. He mention that people also have a mask that human wear from old customs that comes from their parents but that the individual has a chose of letting it consume him or change it by going against the current. He also told us that the youth is the key to making change such as Martin Luther King and Martin Luther did in the past. We know that this generation in youth is not as experience in making protests, or getting organize, but we have the potential with the help of the older generation and the will to change roots of problem. In order for this to happen, we must not be afraid to take risks, because change can not happen without being a risk taker. As Einstein ones said “If everyone thought the same there would not be any different ideology”. Even if it mean that we must get suspended or sent to jail for it, slowly but shortly people will realize that there more people for better tomorrow than not.
The second talk that we went today, was to an organization call H.I.J.O.S. I got a new perspective in what forgiveness means. The initial mission of this organization was to find the people that got missing in Guatemala from the army that were mostly man, because the wifes got worry of there sudden disappearing. After there first few years, sons of the missing father figures would typically want to joined the org., because they wanted to help other victims that were in the same boat. After some years, their missions was lost, because these task of finding people was extremely hard in which the government pretended that nothing happened. In the cases that they found the bodies, there were death and the government did not wanted to take responsibility for there killing. These is were the forgiveness comes into play, because to whom to you seek this sense of amnesty. This process is not a one way deal where I forgive and I do not have a forgiver. In this sense, we can not forgive and thus this is a new form of love.
Finally, we wrap up the day by a documentary of Rigoberta Menchu. This movie connected the two main points of both talker which made me think that this is reality and not just some kind of nonsense. I personally, as well as other of my colleagues could not see some of the scene, because they were to brutal and harsh to see. I did felt empathy and sorrow for the conditions that the indígena where treated while the US shredded more blood with their help. This whole day has been felt with very strong emotion and philosophical thought about us as individuals and what has been done to bring about change in oppressed countries and what we can do now to bring about more positive change. I’m looking forward for the next day and the new experience and perspective that people have about Guatemala.