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  • Edición impresa de Marzo 16, 2010

Humankind, a species among many others, inherited planet earth, not as its lone inhabitant but to share and live with others. The air, water, soil are the common patrimony of all the earth inhabitants not excluding the animals, plants and all living things.

Throughout history, but especially in the later years, humankind has been subjected to war, not brought about by extraterrestrials, but by the ‘intraterrestrials” that little by little have been stealing and polluting the resources of us all.

Even though the indigenous peoples in many parts of the world have continuously denounced the fact that they are been robbed of their land, seeds, water, etc. since they do not own the media and have little access to power, their voices have not been heard.

Displaced people in the world pose a serious health and educational problem. A problem created by the multinational companies whose wishes are always enforced by the military power of their country.

People who have first hand suffered the consequences of war in their territory are very reluctant to participate in armed conflicts. But those who have not been through the experience of seeing the land ruined and their loved ones killed or mutilated can have a ‘romantic’ approach towards war, thinking of it as ‘courageous people saving others’, without thinking about the companies that created the disruptive situation that broke into an armed conflict.

If we are really serious about learning about conflicts, I propose that instead of believing the ‘facts’ and bringing the speakers from any of the affected countries: Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, Congo, Somalia, etc., we could start a small group to establish ‘finding facts’.

The first task will be to draw a big map of the world. We will work with colored crayons, (children can participate too). Then let’s find on the map how many of the more than 760 military bases in the world we can pinpoint and draw a circle around that place. After that let’s find out what resources are available in those specific places, Oil, Water, Precious minerals? While we’re at it we can also look for what natural resources are at stake and who owns the land.

According to some data there are about 195 countries in the world and there are US military personnel in 156 countries.

We can do a lot of research on the internet, in books and by talking to people from some of the areas. But this should be a task done by many in order to find answers that politicians do not give us.

We can inquire into the situation of the countries where our families are from or where we have friends. It will be fun to discover what each part of the world has to offer and whether it has access to enjoying their local treasures.

Why is this important? Because we keep blaming others for what is happening, but what is really happening and where? Now that spring and planting season is around the corner, did you know that many of the native seeds from many countries have been ruined? Do we know why? Do we care? What does all this have to do with us?

Remember we are but one species in different shapes, colors, and speaking many languages, but facing the same challenges everywhere.

Maybe I have the wrong data, why don’t you check it out.

 

 

 


 

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