What I see defines who I am becoming, part V
It is not about me, yet it is. It is impossible to offer something that I am not, how can I offer peace to a world of war if within me, I have none? How can I offer love to a world bound in fear and hatred if I have not love? I’ve come to see things from a very different perspective, realizing that more important than academic knowledge or technical skills, is the ability to see and embody hope when all that is visible is despair.
I have discovered that this is my place in international engagement; to ardently hope against all odds, and in so doing, to bring a reality that has been re-named9, a whole story being shared, and a future that redeems its past into existance. Hope is born out of perseverance, and is not truly hope lest it touches the ordinary, speaks into the problems of daily life, and exists in and through relationship. I want to learn to have relationship with undiscovered brother and sisters around the world who continue to struggle towards justice when there is none. I want to see their stories from the inside out, not only to position myself in a theoretical way void of experience, but to recognize that my place in ethical engagement is not distance, but relationship; relationship that dismantles ‘development strategies’ and challenge hollow attempts towards economic revitalization.
References: (part I-V)
- Adichie, C. “The Danger of a Single Story” ://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story.html
- Freire, P. (2007). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. Chapter 3, pp 87-124
- Galeano, E. (1973). Open Veins of Latin America. New York: Monthly Review Press.
- Nouwen, Henri.(1975). Renewed For Life, Daily lenten meditations from the Works of Henri J. M. Nouwen. The Crossroad Publishing Company. p. 16
- Said, E. on “Orientalism” [four part documentary]retrieved 02/03/2011 from:http://youtube.com/
4 Adichie, C.
5Galeano, E. (1973) Open Veins of Latin America. New York: Monthly Review Press.
6Friere, P. (2007). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group Inc. Chapter 3, pp. 87-124
8Nouwen, Henri, Renewed for Life