Read and write to live

09-03-2018 Cintol
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On Saturday, under the Hay Festival in Cartagena summoning the most outstanding figures of world literature, President Santos and the Ministers of Culture and Education signed an agreement for prosperity in the National Reading Plan was launched and Writing.

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It is a success, at least symbolically, that culture is associated with prosperity. The proposal is quite good and is supported by a significant budget allocation for the acquisition of initial training books and libraries, for a society to read and write will need more than just printed in white letters and papers: we need passion to invent every day, the urge to decipher their own lives and the life of the world, the anxiety produced by the passage of time. And it is that reading is closer to the memory of others and writing, recovery of own memory.

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Reading and writing the living and the dead are connected, those living today and may bequeath his life to unborn, the living and halfway around the world and ideas, who is in love, Konrad Lorenz, who changed their food by packing papers in a concentration camp in Siberia to remember what I thought about the science of learning and behavior of animals. Or the writings of wartime, that Teilhard de Chardin scribbled in neighborhood of the trenches during World War II. They had the means, but they had a passion for mundo.¿Qué teachers should do to grow that passion into children who watch us from their school chairs? How to plant in them the thrill of seeing the birth of a butterfly, the horror of violent death, rejection everyday injustice? How lead to value their life stories and those of their families and villages as the true story that only the written word may retain to be recalled its way through the world? The word written and printed is the only medium that has so far invented humanity to perpetuate their tracks and affirm its existence.

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For those who do not write this away and everything they lived and learned, how they saw and experienced over time with its glories and miseries vanish into oblivion. Every village, every village, every school in this vast country is an ember of humanity where the world is thinking in different ways and therefore must endure. But when only a few write, and only a fraction of them gets his thinking deserves the privilege of printing, and each book is only a few hundred readers, then the worldview and the construction of a very few truths humanity is reduced officers who kill the opportunity to be human among humans, to participate in the construction of collective destiny, not a country but of the whole: rather it is to decipher a paragraph, a page, an inexhaustible collection of puzzles that will from the development of a story to the big questions of existence.

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And writing is not properly exercise the engine that drives a word from any area of ​​the brain to the fingertips that grip the pen on the paper. It is, however, the obsession with memory, the need to keep themselves out of the world that has been apprehended, the experience that has been thought, the explanations that have been robbing, discover endless universes in these small school libraries gradually be added to the books acquired those that occur in the classroom.

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From: Francisco Cajiao