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General News · 7th December 2010
norberto rodriguez dela vega
Let me say, at risk of seeming ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by great feelings of love

When I read this quote by Che Guevara it truly shook me. I think love is the most powerful force that moves the world. It can be love for my children, for my family, my community, my country; love for cultural values; love for justice and peace; love for Nature and any other living beings; and in many cases, love for money and power (which is not necessarily good).

I am certain that the love that Che was talking about was love for his country and for justice, for a set of values he was willing to die for, and that is why he become legend. Like Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Fidel, Rosa Parks, Zapata, Mandela.

The life of a true revolutionary becomes secondary, they are willing to die for what they believe, for what they love. And then, they put that intention into action.

It seems to me we don't have enough people with this type of awakening and commitment, with this type of profound love. Some leaders talk about having audacity of hope, but this type of hope has little action and it is still depending on something else to happen, or someone else to take the lead. To me, that type of hope perpetuates illusion. Hope without action is futile.

Perhaps, what we all need is embracing an audacity for love and action as a challenge to ourselves, to our communities, to our leaders.

Perhaps, what we need is we all make a shift from our fears, anxiety, greed, negativity, selfishness, cynicism and apathy to love, and then put this love into action.

My second reflection is about impermanence.

According to the teachings of the Buddha, life is comparable to a river. It is a progressive moment, a successive series of different moments, joining together to give the impression of one continuous flow. It moves from cause to cause, effect to effect, one point to another, one state of existence to another, giving an outward impression that it is one continuous and unified movement, where as in reality it is not. The river of yesterday is not the same as the river of today. The river of this moment is not going to be the same as the river of the next moment. So does life. This is impermanence.

Impermanence means that this community will eventually come to an end. No matter what, all of us will not be around in a few more years. So, impermanence and change are undeniable truths of our existence.

Perhaps, when we accept this fact, we will not react with anger, denial, and despair anymore. This acceptance may bring us inner peace, and if each one of us can find this peace, our community might have a chance.

Perhaps, if we take the approach of impermanence and we all work together to become true revolutionaries, we may get out of the mess we have created and give future generations a chance.

Can we? Will we?