24 June, 2006

1st term over!!!

It's official...I have completed one term here in Castellon! I can't believe how fast it went by and how much I have learned. It was a real eye-opener and made me realize how little I know about the world and especially how little I knew about the influence (mostly negative) that the US has on the rest of the world. Tears were a commonplace in many classes, the stories coming from other students, documentaries and readings were sometimes overwhelming. I would walk the 40 minutes home with friends and we would talk about just what in the hell can be done. Other times, I would walk home alone and just reflect on "everything".

The hatred for other countries, cultures and people is so devistating as well as the millions and millions of refugees around the world or internally displaced people (think New Orleans). The fact that "my" own country is one of the top "leaders" or driving forces behind the devestation in hard to stomach. I often get the comment "what can I do? I'm just one person". That question has been on my mind constantly and I have finally come to the conclusion that for me personally, the fact is that I cannot live without trying...Anything I do now or in the future is better than doing nothing! Ignorance is not an option for me.. Even if a person decides to physically do nothing there is always the ability to be mentally aware of what is going on at least in your own country and make your own decisions about what you believe in. Change can only come about with awareness.

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