The here and now... and what and why

Complacency is a trap. At least that’s what I was thinking when I up and left the comfort of a Yankee prep school gig, where I taught music, amongst other things, for 28 years. There was also that life long career as a composer, musician and artist.

First, it was a year in St. Thomas, USVI, working as a reporter and shooting photography and then, a year in San Agustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Time passed.
More time passed and a year back in the Athens of America followed by a hasty return to Oaxaca where it is all happening.
A couple of years in San Sebastian Etla and now, just down the road in San Pablo Etla. Life is good.

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Oaxaca, Oaxaca, Mexico
Musician, photographer, videographer, reporter, ex-officio teacher, now attempting to be a world traveler

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The struggle - La Lucha

The Sisyphusion nature of life here in Oaxaca contributes to people's attitudes and behavior.  I mean, they keep pushing that rock up that hill and it keeps rolling back down on them.  Yes, there is progress, but it is not the unfettered progress this place deserves.  The teachers.... just think about that... the teachers are doing everything in their power to hold everyone and everything back.  If fact, their actions are regressive.  However, people remain calm and resolute for the most part.   Maybe it is all the area's history or the richness and diversity of the culture that makes Oaxaqueños so strong in the face of such blatant lawlessness and corruption.  It is all fascinating to watch.  Like all places, Oaxaca is a work in progress....  keep pushing that rock.

"Don't hate the media, free it."  I hope that's the right translation, because it works so well with the sat dish behind the razor wire.
La lucha has made Oaxacan street artists internationally famous
I read that a few protesters shut down I-93 in Boston this morning.  They made their point and no doubt, pissed people off.  Then they were peacefully arrested.  If they had used los maestros' techniques, they would have shut down the Mass Pike and all the major roads, gas stations, shopping malls and collected tolls.  All with no arrests.
Keep pushin' that rock...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I feel sorry for the teachers who are trapped in this blatantly lawless and corrupt union, the CNTE. They are the unwitting foot soldiers of the mafia union bosses. The union's mafia dons will keep the ugly pressure on the teachers, the public and the government forever, as long as the cash keeps flowing into their pockets.