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

Monday, June 20, 2016

Polarization brings chaos and death.

I returned late Saturday night to a city and state in turmoil.  There are protests and blockades in various key spots and lots of police.  Some of the most intense action yesterday happened quite near me as there was a blockade at Hacienda Blanca, the northern entrance to the city.  I watched the smoke from fires rise and helicopters flying very close to the ground from my house which is up in the foothills.

I would venture a guess as to what was really happening, but it would be just that, a guess.  And it would be wrong no matter what.  There are just too many issues and the sides are firmly entrenched.  And of course, there are the anarchists, a real entity, who are just messing with everyone, wanting to crash the system.  Agents provocateurs? Probably.

It is sad to see the deaths and destruction.  How did it come to this?  Lack of empathy and compassion and the rigidity of positions.  No chance for compromise.  Sounds like that is the case in many places.... but as I said, that is just a guess, and, no doubt, wrong.

2 comments:

Claudia Michel said...

Please keep us informed - I love the people of Oaxaca and the city and am so sad for those who are victims of this. I have tickets to come in October - I may be coming to something very different than in the past. I remember the financial problems that people had from lack of tourism and I would hate to add to that. I stay with a lovely family, Rosa, Ita, y Luis at the Casa de Los Abuelos and I think of them. Thanks for keeping me in touch.

sonya melescu said...

Be safe.....