When two cultures mix

When two cultures mix

If you come from a non-English speaking country, for example, any country from Latin America, you are going to heard something quite peculiar.

-We are transcultural; we cannot permit that, embrace what is yours, don’t go and be manipulated by the forces of Hollywood.

 Maybe I exaggerated a bit, but it’s really common to see certain incommodity to a foreign art taking part in a nation identity. That is fine, is human, what is quite irritable, is when you try to denied entry to that new form of art.

When a new form of cultural identity enters a different domain with a set of artistic expressions previously established, neither of them will destroy the other, rather, they mix. We must see it like mixing two different ingredients in a preheated pot, they will mix, but the stronger flavor will override the other, but there will be still taste of the weak flavor.

Take this little and idea, and replace it with our cultures today now, worldwide speaking, and take in hand the globalization we experiment nowadays, and you will see that it’s inevitable that a culture will enter in another one. The best way to protect your culture of choice, it’s not to deny the existence of others artistic expressions of others countries, but to help the existential one, and even better, evolve it today standards, to attract the new generation.

The way the new generation receive a regional tradition will affect the future of that tradition, either they will love it and embrace it, or feel emptiness in what could represent.

Tough of this as there’s the plan to make recital poetry, the organizer decided to ban any non-Latin-American poetry artist in this activity, and of course, I believe that is a utter mistake.

What do you think?

We change morality

We change morality

I was reading Albert Camus “The Stranger”, a story which touches quite the absurdism of certain traits of societies.

Got to admit that I was never interested in the contemporary French literature, apart from Antonin Artaud (theater and cruelty is a must read) and Jean Paul Sartre. I need to than to my professor for introducing Camus to me.

I the book, we see a character whose perception of society is of complete antipathy or better to say, indifference to certain hypocrisy of our society.

There are 3 major points discussed trough the storyline, the first is death, then there’s religion, and ultimately, justice.

I will talk about justice, and the principal thing is that our sense of justice is manipulate, overall what we deem as morality. The own meaning of moral tells us all, morality is what a community deems as righteous and “good”. We see many examples like:

Killing is wrong and punishable. But what happens when it was self-defense?

Then killing is forgivable.

Of course, this is an easy interpretation; we will kill self-defense, or even better, in the defense of the others.

What about abortion? Or immigration? O worst, death penalty?

The ambiguity on this subject is just so complicated, that I simply refuse to take a position.

Morality is not a state of be, nor a universal rule that we can all agree, it’s something that changes, and we manipulate in our favor, at the end being the most powerful the ones that state what is right and what I wrong.

When we are in a situation of despair or conflict, we use moral to justify our actions, whether good or bad, it’s all about the position and time you were at the time of your actions, not necessarily an excuse, but a way to manage to live with ourselves.