Daily Dementations: 6 August 2013

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I’ve just finished reading Eduardo Galeano’s Days and Nights of Love and War. It took me around three months (though I’ve been reading some other books, comics, and short stories whenever I had the chance). Though the verses were short, I had difficulties digesting both surface and depth of his meditations peppered on various vignettes.

The system. The way we look at the world through a keyhole. The profiles of leaders vs the people. Uruguay. Cuba. Latin America. Socialism vs Capitalism. Literature as social spear. Literature as a gun with bullets effective against only those who are literate. How close are we to his universe? How far are we from his people’s struggles?

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“I don’t believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person. I have a lot to learn from other people.” [Eduardo Galeano]

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