Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Aristocratic Adventures: Reflecting on Mexico

I took this photo while I was studying abroad in Queretaro, Mexico. It was an amazing experience. I had no idea how dynamica and fascinating the Mexican culture was before I arrived in this historic city. Moreover, I was in Mexico during an important election year. The country had been under a single party dictatorship for 71 years. In 2006, that party, PRI, lost its denomination over Mexican politics (seemingly). Mexico's presidents hold office for six years, and I arrived in 2006. This was the second "free and fair election" since PRI lost its power. I attended political rallies and protests. I even got to see the Neo Zapatistas hold a rally in support of socialist party PRD. I was also able to see the country's current president, Felipe Calderon, while he was campaigning in Queretaro. I am fluent in Spanish and so I was able to understand all his politcal rhetoric. It was fascinating to see how similar politics work in foreign lands. Gifted speakers make promises they cannot guarantee all for votes. No small wonder that many Mexican presidents studied at some of the United States' ivy league institutions.

I took this photo while on a trip to Mexico City, the LARGEST city in the world. This picture was shot from inside the ruins of Aztec capital Tenochtitlan. The photo captured the large cathedrals in the distance. But if you look closer, the picture is an illustration of what took place hundreds of years ago. The Spanish and their Catholicism came to the New World and overtook the indigenous tribes to eventually build up their society on top of the Aztecs. This was the story across the Americas: Europeans brought disease, death, and ruin to these native inhabitants disguised as good will and God's word.

God loves, man kills

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