Today Kata directed the morning meeting. Many people shared about the good time we had in Ati, and we also shared with Franz and Lore who were not able to come with us, our handbook task (the question that was given to us). I guess that we really feel more like a family by now. Kata showed us a video about the Mayans and about the history of Halloween from a very cool page that I’ll visit more haha. Kata noticed some mistakes from the video that none of us could see until she mentioned them, she really likes history!
Oh, and today is Majo’s birthday so we sang the the happy birthday song and ate cake (cooked by Marce, Lucia and Kata), I really hope I don’t die by eating this, hahaha.
We were supposed to have a Greek lesson, but Moris didn’t arrive, so I just used this time to catch up with my Greek lessons, read and documented for the rest of the morning. I scanned some documents that I needed to post in this blog, which I already uploaded. It feels good to get things done.
During Performing Arts, Javier Tabush directed and activity called “The Trip”. We were told to close our eyes and try to imagine the things that Tabush was describing, but we shall try to use our five senses while trying to do this. He told us to imagine a place where we could relax and enjoy ourselves, I imagine an island where I was alone, looking at the sky and the sea, laying in the sand and looking at the threes and the brightness of the sky and the majesty of the light. I smelled the sand and the nature of the place. Then, I was in my room, looking at the details of the walls, the books, the closet, etc. Then, we were told to imagine that we traveled to a place that we really want to go. I went to Paris at the beginning, but then I thought that going to Paris was not my dream, so I decided to visit the entire continent of Europe, so I was in many places at a time. Oh, and I packed without really knowing where was I going, I remember packing a bikini swimsuit, smelling it and touching it, I remember the touch of it, and I don’t remember what else did I put inside of my backpack. Then, I went to China, I was unconsciously wishing I could get to see my best friend who is currently studying there, but I was just walking through the streets in China, wishing to see her, but couldn’t find her. Then, I just changed places, and was again in Europe, and finally was in a restaurant in China which was decorated with a European style, and there I found a friend from my school (the person I least expected to find there). When we were told to open the eyes I felt sad, I felt something in my chest, it was grief or something like that. The thing is, that my best friend’s birthday was last Monday, but I, being in the Iguana Perdida, utterly forgot and she called me on Saturday from China to tell me to get on Skype (as she always does), I said yes, and I talked with her about me in Skype, I didn’t even remember that it had been her birthday. So I just talked about me, as I always do, which is making me feel regretful because it’s always me, I really should listen more to what other people have to share and say. So, finally asked how was her life going and she told me: “oh, yesterday I went out for dinner to celebrate my birthday”. I felt like a piece of crap at the moment, because I know that she has been feeling sad and lonely these last days in China. When we debriefed this activity I shared with everyone the grief and pain I was feeling in the chest, because of my friend, Sheidy, and started crying right away. I felt better after doing this, though. Mabe showed me this: http://thenicestplaceontheinter.net/ Need a hug?
We read the first paragraph of Self-Reliance by Ralph Waldo Emerson. My conclusions from this reading are these: You should express your latent condition. Make public your discoveries and thoughts. Don’t be ashamed to think. Don’t turn off the voices in your head that you get while reading other people’s thoughts, these are the most important. Express what you think, even if it is a very radical or different idea from the common thought. Isa and Javier P shared that when one has the answer to a question that someone asks, but is insecure about being correct or incorrect, and then, listening to someone after a lot more time say what you thought at the beginning, and everyone congratulating this person for finding the answer to the question. In the second paragraph I found my favorite quote of what we read today, is a long and extremely profound quote. What I loved the most is the last part, were Emerson makes it clear that we have to work hard for what we want, and that nothing is going to come to your hands if you don’t put effort into it.
“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction
that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself
for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full
of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil
bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power
which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is
which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried”
With Kyle we kept our group work, and we were supposed to present our groups problems. I still haven’t pass, but I will do next class, I’ll be posting here the links and the solution to Project Euler number 20. I still need to work in one part of it, I want to arrange it for next class. Mabe, and specially Alejo and Diego made a great effort and put a lot of time into their problems and I feel like doing the same in order to explain myself better when I present next class. I talked with Lore, Isa, Gabbi and Diego about why it is so difficult for people to absorb, understand and like the capitalism theory. We also talked about the future of the US, with the elections taking place next month. I think that both Obama and Romney will suck as presidents. I also think that Obama is going to win this election again. It saddens me to see a country that was so prosperous like the US, fall down because of the stupidity of this last generation, which ruined what the founding fathers did to grow it as it grew. This candidates seem more like our Guatemalan candidates, promising stuff and Obama trying to see what he can give to the people as a gift from the government in order to win again. I really hope they don’t give the “bolsa solidaria” in the States in a few years, because if they continue with this unsustainable socialist principles to govern their country, that’s how they’ll finish. Isa mentioned that she went to conference where some expert said that there would need to pass about 63 years in Guatemala in order to eliminate poverty. I really embrace the idea of people taking responsibility of themselves, as Benjamin Franklin did since he was 11 years old, he really deserves to be in the hundred bill haha. I also talked with Kyle about his library project, and how amazing I think these projects are. If we could only get kids to read, they wouldn’t need teachers or schools and the government shall save that money and use it in other stuff. I have this idea of having huge libraries, with about two people working on them, people who love to read, and who would love to teach others to read and the love of reading. So, this persons would share teach the kids and adults that don’t know how to read to do so, and then let them explore the amazing world of books and learning.