A Word on Humanity

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When I was a kid, my mother used to take me and my brother to the same park every weekend, we ate burgers and ran so much we were knocked out for the rest of the day. Once, I found a anthill near to the playground area and, running towards my mom, I asked her for a bottle of water so I could drown the ants before they bitted us. My mother, filled with patience and applying her responsibility as a parent, told me the ants weren’t actually there to bother me but to keep on with their life, they probably had a lot of sisters, friends and parents waiting for them, and I wouldn’t like if someone came to the park to take away my family or my own life.

I don’t remember if I was 5 or 6 years old, but on that occasion I learned how others people’s life aren’t mine to take; I can be bothered, have discussions or irreconcilable differences with people and even then, I have no right to impose my ideas, or worse, to take the life of another person.

That memory of the day my mother taught me how if I didn’t want to be near an anthill I had to go away and leave them be, crossed my mind last Thursday when, while walking down by Las Ramblas to my catalan classes, the unthinkable happened.

After thinking that people were running because they were playing or the mossos d’esquadra were just doing their daily route, I realise the gravity of the situation when I saw a group crying. And the messages on my phone starting bombarding my ears.

Cuando era niña, mi madre nos llevaba a mi hermano y a mí al mismo parque cada fin de semana, comíamos hamburguesas y corrríamos tanto que quedábamos noqueados por el resto del día. En una ocasión, encontré un hormiguero al lado de un árbol y, corriendo hacia ella, le pedí que me diera una botella con agua para ahogar a las hormigas antes de que nos picasen. Mi madre, de forma paciente y con su responsabilidad de padre, me dijo que las hormigas no estaban ahí para molestarme sino para hacer su vida, seguro que cada hormiga tiene una hermana, amigos y padres, y que a mi no me gustaría que llegasen a arrebatarme a mi familia o mi propia vida.

No sé si tenía 5 o 6 años, pero en esa ocasión aprendí que la vida de los demás no es mía para tomar; puedo sufrir molestias, discusiones o diferencias irreconciliables con personas y sin embargo, nadie tiene el derecho de imponer sus ideas a quien no quiere o, peor aún, tomar la vida de una persona.

Aquella memoria del día en que mi madre me enseñó que si no quería estar con las hormigas, tenía que dejarlas estar en su sitio y yo alejarme, cruzó mi mente el pasado jueves cuando, mientras caminaba hacia mis clases de catalán por Las Ramblas, ocurrió lo impensable.

Después de pensar que la gente corría porque jugaban y que los mossos d’esquadra solo hacían su recorrido de diario, me di cuenta de la gravedad de la situación cuando vi a un grupo llorar. Y los mensajes por teléfono comenzaron a bombardearme los oídos.

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Hate, racism and violence have never been the answer to anything on the world; the only solution is to dialogue and to respect the life that is not ours to take, and it’s our responsibility as siblings, neighbours, friends and citizens to teach tolerance and love to the people who haven’t had the opportunity to shake hands and offer their friendship to those different from us.

We’re not afraid. Yes, we’re mourning what we lost, a sentiment that many countries, including Mexico, share in a very painful way. Though nothing will stop us, because even as much as they try, they don’t know the greatness of Barcelona and the strength of its people.

I’m very grateful for those who messaged me asking if I was safe. Luckily and on the very last minute, I decided not to sit to eat ice-cream on the attacked area just a few minutes before. “I want to go home quick”, I thought. And  because of that I’m here now and we will keep on strolling by Las Ramblas with our heads so high up they won’t be able to bring us down.

El odio, el racismo y la violencia nunca han sido la respuesta a nada en el mundo; la única solución es el diálogo y el respeto hacia las vidas que no son nuestras, y es nuestra responsabilidad como hermanos, vecinos, amigos y ciudadanos enseñar tolerancia y amor a aquellos que no han tenido la oportunidad de darse las manos y ofrecer su amistad a quienes son diferentes a nosotros.

No tenemos miedo. Sí, estamos en duelo, un sentimiento que muchos países, incluyendo México, compartimos de forma dolorosa, pero nada nos detendrá, porque aunque más lo intenten, no conocen la grandeza de Barcelona y la fuerza de sus ciudadanos.

Agradezco mucho a quiénes me preguntaron si me encontraba sana y salvo. Por suerte, decidí de último minuto no quedarme sentada en la zona del ataque a tomarme un helado. “Quiero llegar pronto a casa” fue lo que pensé. Y gracias a eso estoy aquí y seguiremos paseando por Las Ramblas con la frente en alto.

 

“It is not for me to judge another man’s life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.”
― Hermann Hesse

 

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31 Comments

  1. Lily Flor Reply

    I remember when I heard the news! Is funny how you do connect places with the people you know right away, and even though I simply know you thru your blog and instagram account, you are the only person I know that lives in Barcelona so my mind went directly to think and hope that you were safe. So I went to check your instagram and saw your message saying that you were ok. I was sincerely happy to learn that and I hoped that God would give strength to the people affected. I think that although recently we have experienced a lot of displays of hate around the world, that the love and compassion towards one another is definitely stronger! That we as a race will one day be more tolerant of united. Keep your held up high! Adversity will just make us stronger.

    • Hi Lily, thank you for your message and for checking if I was safe. I was very lucky! We’re more good people than bad in the world, and that will definitely win over hate and racism. Thanks for your words babe <3

  2. This post! I am glad that you are safe and strong ! I can’t imagine that, to be on that place.
    Beautiful outfit of course.
    xoxo Tamasté.

  3. Qué belleza de post, Adriana. Habría que poner en practica lo que dices, más respeto y tolerancia, con la cabeza bien alta y siempre con mucho amor.
    Un abrazo, bella.
    Paz

  4. I’m glad you did not happen and you’re safe. I also seek dialogue and respect in dealing with people, is different, not everyone must be our friend, but must not resort to violence. It is said that Poles are racists, it is not true. We need more time to trust, but then such friendship will survive the biggest storms.

    • Thank you so much, Ela. We definitely have seen better days, but what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, and we’re an ever stronger Barcelona now :) xx

  5. juciano Reply

    Adriana,
    Yo estaba en mi piso cuando todo se pasó. Fue muy triste y terrible y casi hizo encerrar la gran fiesta de Grácia, donde vivo. Pelo el pueblo fue más fuerte y el grito de “no tengo miedo” ha tomado conta de Barcelona, esta ciudad maravillosa! Quedo gratificado por tús reflexiones y por los imágenes.

    • Hola Juciano, sí, escuché que al menos por dos días parte de las fiestas de Gracia se cancelaron :( me dio mucha pena porque yo había ido un día antes de los atentados y la verdad es que este año la gente se esforzó mucho en las fiestas, algunas demostraciones eran espectaculares. Justo regresé el último día de las fiestas y vi escrito en una pared “NO TINC POR” y no sabes cuánto gusto me dio :’)

      xx

  6. Oh my God, just the thought of you being near Las Ramblas when it happened -! I am so so glad you’re safe, Adriana.

    I continue to grieve for the victims, especially their families and friends. Tragedies that happen around the world are always devastating, but it’s somehow more personal when you’ve been to that city, when you’ve walked the streets yourself, when you remember falling in love with the city.
    I cannot imagine how much worse it would be for people who call that city home. It’s truly saddening.

    But tragedies have this way of showing the real strength of humanity. To see people banding together in the name of love. This is such a beautiful and strong message you’re sending out, Adriana. I hope Barcelona and its people are healing beautifully.

    Loads of love xxoo

    • Hello Liyana, I wanna thank you for your messages on both Instagram and here. I still think I was super lucky, I wanted to stop for that ice cream, I was walking by the busy street of Las Ramblas and thinking “yeah, it’s pretty crowded, I mean it’s summer, but it’s also so beautiful and cultural diverse, I love this city”. I never thought something like that could happen. I’m just so sorry for the victims, ’cause hate is such a stupid reason for someone to die. It’s not fair.

      However, the city has demonstrated how strong and united we are. Las Ramblas has seen better days, for sure, but as I write this down, it’s still busy with families, kids and people searching for a better life, and that’s Barcelona for me.

      Thanks a bunch for your warm words, they really mean a lot to me :) xx

  7. Great message, and great look <3

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  8. Thank you for this post, Adriana. Your words are so true and I couldn’t agree more. I’m glad you’re safe ❤️

  9. Un post precioso, Adriana. Me alegré de ver tu vídeo en Instagram diciendo que estabas bien. Son momentos tristes, pero no debemos dejar que nos hundan. Un saludo y mucha fuerza!
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  10. Beautiful post, Adriana, thank you for writing this, I agree with every single word you wrote.
    PS: So happy to hear you’re safe. Right after the attack I checked your stories if you were ok.. Stay strong <3

  11. John Reply

    Glad your safe Adriana .

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  14. Karla Reply

    Que post tan más lindo!
    Me alegra que estés bien y que hayas tomado la decisión de no quedarte.
    Te mando un gran beso!

  15. Very well written as usual.
    I am glad to hear you are well, sometimes those little voices in our head that tell us to do something different to what we are currently doing are like angels. Hate can never win. Hugs.

  16. Qué lindo post, Adriana. Han sido unos días tristes y grises, honestamente he andado con la cabeza un poco baja por tanto dolor en mi casa adoptiva. Por ahora nos queda seguir paseando con la frente en alto como mencionas y practicar en exceso el respeto y la tolerancia.

    Te mando un abrazo y este tipo de crímenes nunca podrán acabar con la grandeza de Barcelona o de México.

    • Hola Pablo, cada vez que me acuerdo me da una tristeza enorme, pero siempre recuerdo algo que me dijo una chica por un privado de Instagram: “los buenos somos más!” y tiene muchísima razón <3 nuestras dos casas se mantendrán fuertes, ya verás ;)

  17. couldn’t agree more with your post. Thank you for sharing
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