About 50 years ago, a lot of western countries found themselves in a turmoil. The establishment of the past decades found itself confronted with a whole new movement, which later came to be known as the Flower Power era. The young people who initiated this era turned against the standards and values that were common in the 50s. These people screamed for change, however in a peaceful manner. No longer the world would be one of hard work, saving for old age and taking care of business in the usual way. Instead, there was room for individual development and freedom in harmony with our environment. That was the common idea.
The same young people who went through changes during that particular era, have become the establishment of today. And we all know what that has lead to: housing market in shatters, no more solid employment benefits and a worldwide banking crisis. And yet, most of the present generations are unable or unwilling to change the world around them. After the second World War, the world has been virtually divided in two: the NATO in the west and the Warsaw Pact in the east. With the demolition of the Berlin Wall, that era has also passed. But now we have a new dichotomy: the differences between rich and poor are increasing every day.
Now I want to take you to a country that has been spared of this development until recently. That country is Mexico – not the only one, but since I have lived there, I am able to tell you some more about it. Despite several obstacles, which I overcame, I was able to move to Mexico – where I went to live together with my wife. I met her through the internet, and soon we had a (very) long distance relationship. At a certain point, I no longer wanted to be apart from her, and so I moved to her birth nation.
What I saw there, especially at the UNAM, virtually took me back to the 60s and 70s. Not that the university campus was swarmed with hippies, but foremost the thoughts and ideas of the youngsters there struck me rather curious. They made me think back to what I had learned about the Flower Power era: fresh, new ideas coming from the minds of many students. These students were eager to change the world, to start in their native country, Mexico. And my wife was one of those bright young minds.
This eagerness to change made me notice that present generations in power have horribly failed. After all, if those generations who initiated the Flower Power movement had been successful, these marches in Mexico would not have been necessary, because Mexico is now one of the “civilized” new countries, emerged like a phoenix from the ashes of a once Third World country.
The question is: what will become of this country, south of the USA, within the next few years? Will it be able to find connection to other leading countries? Or will it hopelessly be crushed by the world powers in its struggle to change the world? Only time will tell.
You can find this theme – among other themes – in my novel The eagle and the serpent, part 1 of a trilogy (part 2 is being translated from Dutch this very moment, and soon to be released).
Picture taken from Internationalist.org