What I see defines who I am becoming- part II

My journey of ethical inquiry has brought me to a place of realizing that although the structures that bring chaos in our world may not change, who I am in response to that world must. Social and economic development cannot originate in another country, rather it is something that must begin in me; my interior landscapes need to be changed daily. I believe that this interior transformation pertains to what I see; that vision is directly connected to who I am becoming. Edward Said talks about one aspect of this in his discussions on Orientalism1. Specifically referring to western views on the Orient, Said raises an excellent point that truly, how we see the other will define who we are in relationship to them.2 My creative piece is a window into this journey of learning to see; an attempt to create a picture of the complex layers of social, historical, and political interconnectedness that tend to shape our lenses of ‘the other’3. Images of people, a single story about them superimposed upon their true story, the whole story4, lie beneath layers of a history that is difficult to piece together. I question how the historical exploitation of Latin America has come to define the present day lives of its people5 I ask, who are the oppressed? What are the words written across the faces of the other, the “verbalism, the alienated and alienating blah6” that I speak, think, and use so often to fabricate stories of the other?

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