Guatemala: January 2008 Archives

A friend of mine sent me this informative and beautiful documentary the other day providing valuable insight into the places that U.S. migrants come from.

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Rather than comment on these two entries, I just thought I'd point people to them because they deserve to be read.

I've been meaning to write something on how the prison industry in the U.S. has looked to migrant detention for growth and profits, but I don't think there's a better person that could have taken this on than XP.  I'll certainly be linking back to his post a whole lot.

Also, Renata Avila of Global Voices recently put together an excellent post on migrants.  Yes, she mentioned Citizen Orange but rather than read the small part of the post she dedicates to me check out what some other Guatemalans are saying.  Beautiful stuff.
Everything makes sense when I go back to Guatemala.  I've gotten increasingly interested in local politics here in Massachusetts, but going back to Guatemala puts everything in perspective.  While I still have yet to be able to fully articulate it, I think I'm finally starting to get a feel for what matters for the billions of people that inhabit the earth. 

When I put it that way it might seem simple.  But in the world of new media, where it's theoretically possible to make an impact anywhere in the globe, at any time, prioritizing makes the difference between change and keeping things the same. 

It's never been enough to say, "do good", because almost everyone, at least in their mind, feels they are a good person at heart.  It's certainly not enough to say all each of us needs to do is help a few other people, because those with the privilege to do so are too few and those that need help and support are too many.  The question has always been when and how to better the world, and the answers certainly aren't always and however.  That leads to burnout. 

I think my mind is finally grasping the necessary nuance that has always allowed me to prioritize between issues like Boston's rat problem or a "virus of potholes", and malnourished children in Guatemala.

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