WEEK FIVE CRONICAS
By Silverio Perez Translated By Jessica Powell
Human beings forget that to be human is to be, and that in the collective, we are. Our consumer-oriented society has made it so that we identify with what we have and not with what we are. And so, in order to have, we do things at a frenetic pace that dehumanizes us and prevents us from enjoying the marvel that is life.
By Armando Valdes Priego.
A full month after hurricane Maria’s landfall, everyone still seemed focused on one thing: water. As I drove into the La Capilla sector of the Arenas neighborhood in the central mountain town of Utuado, next to every man, woman and child was a bucket, a plastic jug or some other container to gather water from whatever source they could find. And yet, no one was complaining or waiting for a handout. Their story is not one of despair and dependence; it is one of hope and agency born of a strong sense of community and self-reliance.