It has been many years that I have posted so infrequently on my blog. I have gone through a great deal of change this year, and I am continuing to go through some changes. Emi’s accident earlier this year led to a great deal of reflection. As I started thinking over the past few months, I started rehashing an axiom that I had been talking about over the last few years-that our main goal as a people must be to get our mind (or worldview) and our spirit right, and that this goal was more important than day to day gains.
We can save as many murals as we can or we can push for as many street lights or equal school funding or immigration reform, but if we are unable to create a platform in which our people can intellectualize the causes and the roots of these problems, along with the permanent solutions to these problems, then we will always be in a strategically and socially inferior position.
I had been SAYING this for the past several years, but I had not been ACTING to create such a platform.
About a year a ago, a handful of us began to meet to do just this. We (re)developed a ceremony that we are calling a floricanto for short. I had organized one before, but I had failed to develop among the group a unified vision and sense of purpose for what I was hoping to do. Rushing through this part was a huge failure on my part to the point that I feel that I owe apologies.
Though there are only a few of us regularly participating at the moment, I have felt that the potential in what we are doing is greater than much of what I had dedicated to myself to previously. I don’t have any delusions that what we are doing today is anything more than a few friends and family coming together to exchange ideas and to develop spiritually. But I DO believe that the POTENTIAL in what we are doing is very strong for the very long run.
The seeds that we are planting may take generations to flourish, but when they do, I believe that it will have a tremendous impact.
By no means do I denounce or resign from activism, the marches and rallies etc. It is just that I have realized that, at least for the next several months, my entire focus will be to build the Kalpulli Xochicuicatl one member at a time. It is my investment in the future of my children and of our people. I hope and believe that it will bear fruit, and I am hoping, along with the others who are participating, that our efforts will bear fruit.