Hagamos algo/ Let’s do something

EL viernes estuve conversando harto rato con un hombre que trabaja en el negocio de reciclaje de cartones en Santiago centro. El estaba anotando en un cuaderno usando una calculadora y yo lo empece a lesear por eso. Me contó que tenia tercero básico pero que con eso le alcanzaba para las cuentas del dia y yo le dije que eso era lo mas importante.
Hablamos de su negocio, de como funcionaba el reciclaje y le pregunte si necesitaba herramientas para hacer crecer su negocio o si quería hacerlo. El me dijo que estaba bien pero que cada vez que ellos (como cartoneros) tenían una idea, la municipalidad les ofrecía hacer el proyecto a través de ellos para obtener mas ganancias y a el no le gustaba eso. Yo le dije que habían otras maneras. Hablamos del dinero, hablamos de sistemas económicos, el me contó de los Rockefeller y como el sistema se sostiene teniéndolos a ellos de esclavos (me sorprendió la clase de información que manejaba y sus perspectivas), me hablo de la educación, hablamos del trabajo, me hablo del gobierno, yo le dije que no quería hablar del gobierno. Le dije que me interesaban sus ideas, que si tenia ideas me contara, que podríamos hacer algo.
Y en eso quedamos, que el se iba a acordar de sus ideas y que la próxima vez que nos veamos me iba a contar si tenia alguna porque quizás podamos hacer algo. Quizás podamos hacer algo que de mas estabilidad a su bebita de 6 dias y que le permita tener comida de buena calidad para que crezca sana. Quizás podamos hacer algo.
Es un honor tan grande conocer realidades distintas, pero lo que es realmente hermoso es cuando nos desprendemos voluntaria y conscientemente de nuestras etiquetas y privilegios para hacer cosas juntos. Espero sinceramente que logremos hacer “algo”. Mas actualizaciones y hechos concretos pronto. Pronto, pronto.  Muchos abrazos.

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Last week, I talked with a man who worked in the cardboard recycling business in downtown Santiago for a long time. He was writting in a notebook and working with a calculator, so I started to joke about that. “You are studying math until so late?” :). He smiled and told me that he only went to school up to third grade but with that he could deal with the numbers of the day. I told him that that was the important thing.

We talked about his business, about how the recycling process worked and I asked him if he needed specific tools to grow his business or if he wanted to. He said he was ok but something that bothered him was that every timed  they (as “cartoneros” cardboard people (?) ) had an idea, the municipality wanted to make profit out of it for them. He didn’t like that. I told him that there were other ways to get money. So we talked about money, about economical systems, he told me the story of the Rockefellers and how this System works with having them as slaves (I was surprised of the kind of information he knew and of his perspective). We talked about education, about labour, he spoke about the Government, I told him I did not want to talk about the government. I told him that I was interested in his ideas, that if he had ideas he should tell me. Perhaps we could do something.

And we agreed on that. He was going to remember his ideas so that the next time I’d go to see him he would tell me.   if I had Some Counting Because maybe we can do something. Maybe we can do something so that her 6 day old baby can have more stability and good quality food so she grows healthy. Maybe we can do something.

It is such a great honor to meet different realities, but what is even more beautiful is to let go voluntarily and consciously of the labels and privileges we have, so that we can do things together. I sincerely hope we manage to do “something”.

More Updates and Concrete Actions on this soon. Soon soon. Many hugs.