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¡Viva México!
Surreal and Resilient
Feb. 26, 2023

by José Luis Mendoza Aubert

Since pre-Hispanic times, throughout its genesis and development, our beloved Mexico has walked subtle paths of alternative realities: magical, theological, artistic, social, political.

The real Mexico is jealousy nested away, hidden like, and with as many faces as, a precious diamond. It waits to reveal its valuable treasures to the eye of the careful observer, who looks with broad spirit and judgment.

Mexico has snuck ingeniously between cataclysms and catastrophes. It has survived disasters, calamities, and misfortunes: the 1519-21 Spanish Invasion, the onslaught of the clergy, the "Holy" Inquisition, the War of Independence 1810-21, the sale of more than half of its territory (California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico and Texas, and parts of Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma) by predatory rulers in 1848, the 1910 Revolution, the 1915 Land Reform, the Cristero War 1926-29.

Mexico was, and keeps on being, manipulated and exploited by an infinite mob of rulers, businessmen, intellectuals and, generally, by every one of us. The country has been left battered before our sometimes skeptical or indifferent, but always astonished, gaze.

Now is the precise moment to come to Mexico's defense, to end the many threats and dangers that surround it, threatening not only its integrity, but its very existence. When we speak of Mexico is not just the national territory or the political, cultural or economic entity. We are each and every one of us, along with our children, her offspring. As long as we continue being atomized, dispersed, apart from each other Mexico will be an easy prey for any mediocre predator.

The future of our country is in our actions and decisions.

¡Viva México!


José Luis Mendoza Aubert: actor, director and theater technician; teacher and writer of Theater and Plastic Arts; founder and director of the Comedia del Universo theater company and school, operating in San Miguel for the last 20 years; musicologist and cinephile, judge of the En Corto Film Festival now GIFF for 8 years; Director of Art and Culture of the Public Library for 15 years; member of the board of directors of El Sindicato Centro Cultural Comunitario.

José Luis gives talks and workshops on environmental awareness in schools and communities. He is a founding member of the Allende la Cultura Collective. He plays Veracruz music and writes poetry and is a founding member of the music group Jarocha "Soledad".


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