The first time I saw this talk I bawled my eyes out. The frozen shell we sometimes learn to build around our hearts because it means surviving… melted. I was left with only love.
We grew up in Mexico during a period of violence so dark we’re still processing it. My research took me back into the archives and narratives of Colombia in the 1970s-2000s, when it was torn apart by guerillas, paramilitary groups, Narcos, and the government. Everyone in each setting, so hardline we thought we’d never find peace.
Last week (June 24th, 2016), Colombia signed a historic ceasefire. Peace is sometimes difficult to achieve. Negotiation is difficult. Listening and humility is difficult. But peace and cooperation and growth is beautiful and worth it.
Let us learn from them. Viva Colombia!