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systems etc. had all to be revised It jolted me out of a comfortable complacency I had to adopt an adventurous spirit an open mind that helped me to break with old habits and to learn new things Being open to the unexpected was key; anything could go wrong and usually did I fought hard against being called a ‘gringo’ in Colombia a derogatory term for a Westerner who fixated on their own culture typically models a very restricted narrow world view I dearly wanted to be the opposite of that to be more like a Latino I remember being taught to dance salsa- it took a long time to let go of the conditioning Being back in Bogota was like reliving this cultural adjustment process a second time I was again and again reminded of how different things are in Colombia and how I have to adjust my cultural perceptions For example people turned up late to pre-arranged meetings (often there were strong reasons for this eg accidents traffic chaos) Other issues like the plethora of street vendors the lack of formal bus stops the poor condition of taxis (eg broken seats) and the airport chaos caused by a tropical storm were normal inconveniences Many things had improved as well Bogota’s TransMilenio rapid transit system the amount of new construction and the pedestrianized area around the Gold Museum and Plaza Bolivar I was happy to see Bogota and Colombia gradually emerging from a dark past and embracing a brighter future though there is still a long road to travel to guarantee peace and to ensure adequate living conditions for all its citizens There were three experiences that really struck me this time though as symptomatic of where the country was: 1 I was present at the 50th anniversary of the priesthood of my old theology lecturer Alberto Parra SJ At the celebration of the mass he preached on the Gospel Like in many of his lectures he pointed out that justice is a necessary demand of the Gospel The Good News is not simply an affirmation of the status quo or an escape from the world of injustice and division To quote the Jesuit General Congregation 32 it concerns “The service of faith and the promotion of justice” Rather than have faith set itself up as an alternative to the world it is rather an engagement with the world that seeks to address issues to bring about the Reign of justice and peace and to incarnate Christian values of solidarity respect and dignity for human life It is quite easy to forget this in the West as Parra reminds us thinking that faith is a world apart an escape or a platitude Our faith and theology needs to reflect a God who suffers with the poor and cries out for equality in a world of privilege 2 We went for a day trip to the famous white sand beach Playa Blanca near Cartagena The heat was ferocious and even the water was too hot for swimming though it was an amazing iridescent blue green We had a great day visiting the National Aviary seeing some of the many species of Colombian birds and eating a fish dinner in a shady bar on the beach On the way back from the public beach we passed the exclusive Decameron Barú hotel with its air-conditioned rooms exclusive beach access and network of swimming pools It seemed like such a desirable luxury (especially when melting in the heat humidity and fleeing mosquitos) a real ‘get away from it all’ for mostly westerners or wealthy Colombians Money buys privacy but also isolation as you realise that you are removed from how most Colombians live Viewed from our standpoint it was a type of high-class ghetto and it is completely beyond the reach of most Colombians (over 50% live below the poverty line) In this exclusive resort and upper class world you are protected from the chaos and wilds (and beauty) of Colombia and your money protects your privacy but also insulates you from normal life 3 In Cartagena we were staying in the Saint Peter Claver residence in the heart of the old colonial city It is a beautiful weave of narrow streets balconies and colonial buildings It is safe for tourists and especially at night when the heat subsides it is comes alive with street traders and entertainers A Jesuit friend of mine Jorge Ivan was the parish priest of Santa Rita barrio in the opposite end of town An evening there was very instructive as it was almost the complete opposite of the old town: a poor neighborhood (barrio popular) without a sign of a tourist The houses were a basic breeze block construction people thronged the potholed streets and the simple church was protected by iron bars Jorge showed us that further up the hill there were even poorer neighborhoods where internally displaced people fleeing the violence had occupied the land (barrio de invasion) There was no public transport up there so local youths provided the service on motorbikes; they were lounging around the front of the church waiting on fares Jorge kindly brought us through these poor barrios some very basic plastic and wood dwellings where the road was washed out and his four wheel drive struggled to cope At the very top was an Augustinian monastery (La Popa) with a spectacular view over the city – all the twinkling lights of cars and buildings looked different now knowing that some reflected people of great wealth while others came from shacks and people barely scraping by How such divisions peacefully coexisted was a mystery Yet Colombia is a place of paradoxes and great extremes: it has the highest Andean mountains and the deepest valleys tropical rainforest and snowy plains the most amazing biodiversity (the second highest biodiversity in the world) and yet terrible ecological damage great natural resources and wealth and yet crushing poverty It is hard to remain unaffected by such contrasts and normally people react one way or the other I like to think that Colombia has something to offer the world and that it has a lot to offer us in the West I offer these following points as trying to capture something of the essence of Colombia: Seize the moment Colombians know that it doesn’t pay to hold things in reserve or to hold back the level of uncertainty means things have to be done now This means people need to know now how much you love them; you won’t regret living a full life no one knows what the future holds and trust in providence is your only hope Get stuck in trust your instincts push yourself forward Seeing Colombian drivers in action is like a game of chicken to see who will back down first The only way to survive is to be assertive; timidity literally gets you nowhere Life is tough and you have to go after what you want; positive assertion is called for ‘Just do it’ despite whatever ails you or what obstacles seem to exist you need to keep going Colombians forge on against huge odds while often I find myself complaining about aches and pains These minor complaints obscure our vision about what is important and what is possible; we are capable of great things with the help of God? Money is a false god Possessions wealth and all its trappings are a poor substitute for what is really valuable: community creativity and human dignity Colombians generally have large extended families live for others and love passionately Things can’t love you back God is in the real (Pope Francis); we often create a whole variety of distractions technology and protection from life Colombians know that life is difficult but that is where consolation (God) is found in embracing it testing your spiritual freedom to let go and let God Understanding that it is people relationships and family/community that is important changes what you do with your time Similarly religion prayer and liturgy has to engage with real life issues to have real power and meaning Social justice matters: how we treat the poorest and marginalised measures how compassionate we are The differences in lifestyle are so staggering in Colombia that it points up how we can get trapped in a comfortable middle class living without realising what a privilege it is and how many others are excluded We need to live in inclusive ways and show solidarity with others Faith in action: faith is about transformation of people and unjust situations Western secularism looks very narcissistic and selfish from Colombia- seeking one’s own private good Rather faith is about finding hope and meaning in acting to resolve difficult situations Faith allows us to live fully in spite of what happens around us; ‘impossible is nothing’ to God Paradoxical living: western consumerism seduces us into a life of purchased comfort and ease but this is nothing but a new slavery Colombians know that real happiness exists in gratitude strong faith and generosity Why is it that the people who have least are the most generous There is something here about the paradox of the Gospel: give in order to receive richness in poverty The consolation of being generous and compassionate Wake up Plato has a brilliant image of people enslaved in a cave where lights and objects are projected onto the wall for them; not knowing anything else they think that these projections are real The philosopher’s job is to wake them up get them out of the cave and teach them how to see in the initially blinding light of the world Colombia is a wake-up call to see things in perspective to see clearly the effects of contemporary culture and to make a personal journey of discovery Don’t get stuck on the externals; turn off that passive entertainment (TV/tablet/smartphone) and make something happen Exposing the Prosperity Gospel: smaller Colombian evangelical churches often offer a tempting spirituality of seeking God’s favour seeing prosperity as a blessing and aspiring to get rich Even though it’s not normally so blatantly presented this thinking often creeps into Christianity The idea that God’s will and prosperity are linked is a subtle form of capitalism (reward for good behaviour) and yet it betrays the freedom of the individual the giveness of the world and the nature of God This is not to romanticise poverty but to put some freedom back into our relationship with God rather than trying to manipulate or bargain with God Making a prayer always as to end with ‘your will be done’ Visiting Colombia was more than just a holiday; it was an education on how the relationship between faith and economics It is ironic that in such a ‘wealthy’ country it is also “one of the most inequitable countries in the world” and the majority of the population lives in poverty amid great natural resources and wealth Fifteen years ago when I was visiting some poor villages in the south of Colombia with virtually no infrastructure a Jesuit friend commented that when the road is damaged or deteriorates through lack of repair the easiest solution for a rich local is to get yourself an expensive four wheel drive so you can’t feel the potholes This works up to a point in solving one’s personal issue but fails to recognize the social need to fix it for everyone concerned This is a more challenging option politically but one which has the common good in mind In the West we are the ones in the four-wheel drive with air conditioning and extra suspension so we can’t feel the bumps in the road that others are subject to It is easy to ‘party on’ in these situations as access to money and technology allows us to live in our own little world unaware of what others are going through just outside the window The problem is that it is in everyone’s long term interests to address the problems of inequality and social justice as morally economically ecologically and politically we are bound to the fate of each otherBy: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: November 13 2014 2:44 am Related News Power Grid Corporation’s general manager manager Suresh Mani Tripathi was found dead in a hotel room in Faizabad under mysterious circumstances on Wednesday The police prima facie ruled out any foul play but said they were collecting evidence from the spot and would proceed on the basis of the findings of the autopsy Autopsy will be conducted Thursday An empty bottle of liquor cigarettes and snacks were on a table next to which the body of Tripathi 58 was found on a chair Tripathi was posted at Shahjahanpur His family members who live in Lucknow reached the spot but ruled out any foul play behind his death Faizabad SSP K B Singh said no injury marks are visible on the body and the room was found bolted from inside However forensic experts are collecting the evidence from the spot for further investigation he added SHO Kotwali police station Rajendra Singh said Tripathi visited Faizabad frequently to supervise installation and maintenance of towers He used to stay at Hotel Krishna Palace in the city He said Tripathi had checked in the hotel on November 10 For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Esha Roy | Kolkata | Updated: November 11 2016 7:59 am Now in his third term Ibobi has long been battling dissidence within but until recently this was in a single-party state where the Congress faced hardly any opposition (Source: File) Top News WITH MONTHS to go for the Manipur elections the state Congress has suffered a series of setbacks In September Yumkham Erabot one of Manipur’s most prominent Congress leaders and widely considered Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s rival left to join the BJP In October he was followed by two more MLAs — tribal leader Francis Ngajokpa and spokesperson vice president and disciplinary committee chairman N Biren Watch What Else Is making News Now in his third term Ibobi has long been battling dissidence within but until recently this was in a single-party state where the Congress faced hardly any opposition Then in 2014 the BJP placed its first footprints on the small Northeastern state Membership surged the state party office was spruced up “What is happening in Manipur now is alarming” Biren the most prominent of the three told The Indian Express “The hill-valley divide is wider than ever… I can’t just stand aside and watch the state deteriorate and eventually split into smaller areas We have to become one Manipur – Meiteis Kukis Nagas and Pangals all together” Biren said he had set three preconditions before joining the BJP “The first is a topographical need-based budget exclusively for the hill districts” he said His second condition is that the Fifth Schedule which protects tribal land in the five tribal districts out of Manipur’s nine be extended to valley land “This needs to be done so that the Meiteis and their land are protected just like tribal land” The third condition is that the Centre a time-bound approach to resolving insurgency “Insurgents roam around with arms extorting money; people live in fear” Biren claimed the BJP central leadership has agreed to include his preconditions in its vision document Sources close to the chief minister played down the setbacks An aide agreed the RSS has increased membership and become more active but insisted its Manipur cadre “is not politically inclined” “The Manipur shakha and the Imphal shakha are headed by two teachers who have neither any political background nor any interest in politics The defecting MLAs had expected at least seven or eight more to go with them which did not happen If you look at the BJP in Manipur they have been filling their ranks with riffraff Barring these MLAs there are very few who actually have any political experience” the aide said “The BJP simply does not have prominent faces If they do well they will get 10-15 seats no more” For the past few years Biren had been at the centre of much acrimony in the party In February this year Biren had led a group of 20 MLAs against deputy CM and Home Minister G Gaihkangam and insisted that Singh carry out a cabinet reshuffle The reshuffle did not take place although Biren was made Congress vice president For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Jaipur | Updated: August 21 2015 5:40 pm External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said here that India wanted the talks to happen and had conveyed to Pakistan its agenda three days back response to which was still awaited Related News India on Friday put the ball in Pakistan’s court over the much-hyped NSA talks saying that hosting of Kashmiri separatists would be contrary to the Ufa spirit where the two countries had decided to have talks on terror External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said here that India wanted the talks to happen and had conveyed to Pakistan its agenda three days back response to which was still awaited Watch Video… “We want talks to happenIndia is ready for talksWe are committed to the talks Now it is up to them (Pakistan)” he said when asked about the fate of the talks between the NSAs which looks in jeopardy after Pakistan’s invitation to Kashmiri separatist leaders for meeting with its NSA Sartaj Aziz Share This Article Related Article “We have made it clear to Pakistan that hosting of Kashmiri separatists will be contrary to the spirit of the Ufa understanding We have conveyed our position on their reported meeting with them (separatists) and sought clarity on the agenda” said Swarup who is here in connection with the Summit of Forum for India-Pacific Islands Conference to be attended by 14 nations He said India had also communicated to Pakistan the agenda for the NSA talks and was yet to get any response officially Pakistan has invited Kashmir separatists for a reception and talks with Aziz setting off a confrontation with India For all the latest India News download Indian Express App 2015 4:36 am The Mehdi Nawaz Jung Hall in Ahmedabad. 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