Posted by Dorrie on March 7, 2007, 11:43 am, in reply to "Foreigners involved in politics - ethical questions"
One thing I consider is that there is a big difference between the politically powerful decision makers, be they in DF or Guadalajara, and those whose voices are less often heard; the majority of Mexicans. There are many Mexicos.|
We all know many "decisions" made in this country follow the golden rule: ie: "them that's got the gold makes the rules". Thus many laws are only on paper. Other less powerful Mexicans sometimes lose hope that anything can be done, or feel too vulnerable or cynical to assert what they know..."ni modo" is what I hear from my friends.
None of this is new to any of us. The exception is that here we can support progressive laws, and there is an opportunity to be part of a community concensus about the value of the ecology, for us all and for the whole world.
To say we should not engage in telling people how to run their home is like buying their back yard, building another house, and then pretending it would be disrespectful to influence their lives. Sorry, it's already too complicated for that model.
For example, I differentiate between those who decide to destroy habitat in order to build a resort, and those who scavenge an income from selling tortoise eggs, or cutting wood illegally.
I feel only concern and alarm for acts done that are selfish and destructive to our shared world and it's inhabitants. Especially when that person has other options, as demonstrated by the amount of money they have to invest.
When some one acts destructively out of a lack of options, and perhaps a lack of education, I think this person needs more respect, not less. Respect that is reflected in the way their money problems are resolved etc.
So, when I am active regarding the local ecology I think this is our shared home, shared even with plants and animals as well as humans, AND I put my energy into keeping options open, rather than being closed through development in the interests of the powerful.
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