I just finished reading Barbara Kingsolver’s new novel, The Lacuna. Some of the book is set during the McCarthy era in the 50′s and although I knew about that era, I wasn’t fully aware of how pervasive the “watching” was of people whose thinking was anywhere towards the left.
It strikes me that there is a parallel between the 50′s and what is happening now in the U.S. Our freedoms are being denied once again. In addition to the law, the press sensationalizes the news and makes grand sweeping strokes. Sensationalism seems to be the modus operandi.
So, I’d like to make a point about danger in Mexico. Most of Mexico is SAFE. When tourists are planning their trip to San Miguel de Allende, they often get shocked reactions from their friends. “What, are you crazy? Mexico? You’ll get killed!”
Now word is out that NBC is planning an expose about Mexico and how dangerous it is. Mexico is a big country. There are some dangerous places, especially near the borders. Would you not go to L.A. because east L.A. is dangerous? How about Chicago? New York? Yet people are frightened by all of Mexico.
Here is an email I just read from a friend:
“We surely cannot stop NBC or anyone for that matter, from reporting harshly about SMA and Mexico. What we might need to do instead, is for those of us who live in the USA part-time to perhaps collect some statistics which make SMA look ‘rosey’ as many of us feel it is – or get together and start a site: WHAT I LOVE ABOUT SMA
So, here is mine: With so much turmoil in the world I love the fact that it is still peaceful here. Total strangers unite in a place where you are NOT A STRANGER within an hours time. Where you learn to embrace the real things in life and learn to share that wonderful ‘Ah SMA’ feeling with everyone you meet. You participate in culture and creativity, in nature and humanity! We live pretty much ‘as one’ – all of us who have been privileged to find this place. And the love for it is very binding”