Zapatista Skull (Judas), by the Linares family, Mexico City
Source: El Arte Popular de Mexico (Artes de Mexico - Numero Extraordinario 1970-1971)
God takes away the minds of poets, and uses them as his ministers, as he also uses diviners and holy prophets, in order that we who hear them may know them to be speaking not of themselves who utter these priceless words in a state of unconsciousness, but that God himself is the speaker, and that through them he is conversing with us.
If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.
Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching, and has taught me to understand what your heart used to be. I have been bent and broken, but - I hope - into a better shape.
There will be times where I am bitter and cold. Heartless, to say the least. And you have to understand; it’s not that I don’t care. It’s that I do.
And I’m scared of running out of things to say, once the morning comes and I am sober, and all we can talk about are the memories we once shared, from a time we lay down and talked about how the clouds would change but we would never.
Your awakening will not be easy. The journey includes much nausea, intolerance, anger, denial and many more…
The worst thing is watching someone drown and not being able to convince them that they can save themselves by just standing up.
Choose me or lose me. I’m not a backup plan and definitely not a second choice.
The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me.
Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities, the political, the religious, the educational authorities who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing, forming in our minds their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable, open-mindedness; chaotic, confused, vulnerability to inform yourself. Think for yourself. Question authority.