The Other Mexico

The Other Mexico by Octavio Paz
Critique of the Pyramid

This book was a follow-up after "The Labyrinth of Solitude" by Paz. It is a thought provoking read for a person, a people, or a nation that is seeking reconciliation with the past and a functional identity moving forward. And of course, I read from the perspective of "Jesus is the Answer," not in a trite bumper sticker way but in a Colossians 1 , reconciling all things sort of way...

Here are the dog-ears:

  • about progress - "Progress has peopled history with the marvels and monsters of technology but it has depopulated the life of man. It has given us more things but not more being."
  • pg. 261 - development at any cost - destruction of ecological balance, psychic damage to youth, abandonment of elderly, erosion of sensibilities, debasement of sex, accumulation of wastes, explosions of hatred
  • pg. 283 - "whoever builds a house for future happiness builds a prison for the present."
  • pg. 286 - development that is the opposite of what development really means - harmony as an important concept
  • pg. 295 - creation, destruction, sacrifice
  • pg. 303 - Aztec ritual - human blood required to keep the universe operational
  • pg. 318 - stability leads to petrification

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