One would be foolish to consider oneself better, or even different…

“One would be foolish to consider oneself better, or even different, merely because one could claim something others could not. The crowdedness of family life and the faithfulness of solitude – both brave decisions, or both decisions of cowardice- make little dent, in the end, on the profound and perplexing loneliness in which every human heart dwells.”

Kinder than solitude (2014), Page 61. Yiyun Li (1972).

María Quotes I: About the worst kind of poverty

“There are many kinds of poverty but the worst kind of poverty is when your spirit is poor”

This is one of the things that María (my mother) used to say. As a teenager I used to think that it was rather a statement of resignation. I used to understand that phrase like “because we know that we are materially poor, let us be rich in the things that we can at least”. Now I think many things about that sentence, but regardless the way I could interpret it, I realize that all the insights coming from that quote could be related to many real life stories. From the reflection of her humble experience, María used that phrase to express ideas not so far away from some welfare measure theories or from the situation of the actual world that I know. Nowadays I am sure that a good life is worth a lot and it does not have to be expensive. I am glad that I heard that phrase on time. I am happy to enrich my spirit.

El Matallana

Frases de María I: Sobre la peor pobreza

 “Hay varias formas de pobreza pero la peor de todas es la pobreza de espíritu”

Esa es una de las tantas frases que me decía María (mi madre). Cuando yo era adolescente pensaba que esa frase contenía más resignación que otra cosa, y la entendía como “ya que somos pobres materialmente, al menos seamos ricos en las otras formas que podemos”. Actualmente pienso muchas cosas al respecto, incluyendo que hay varias posibles interpretaciones de la frase que concuerdan con diversas historias de vida. Desde la reflexión de su humilde experiencia, María expresaba con esa frase ideas que no estaban muy lejos de algunas teorías de medición del bienestar o de la situación del mundo que conozco. Hoy sé que una buena vida vale mucho y no es tan cara. Me alegro de haber escuchado esa frase a tiempo y de enriquecer mi espíritu.

El Matallana