Modernization versus Culture

It is extremely important that we share all kinds of creative work with our readers. In today's entry, we introduce you to Clay Reichart (pictured here with Meghan Tenorio... photo courtesy of Meghan). Clay will be a senior at Juniata College and was an exchange students at our partner university, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, participating in the BCA Study Abroad program. His whole program cohort joined Pachaysana for one of our Toxic Tours and community-based tourism exchanges for a period of one week. Clay was very moved by the experience and in the final project for his program, he created a short poem to express how the week affected his outlook on life, most especially his views on Modernization versus Culture. Thanks for sharing Clay. Enjoy...

Modernization versus Culture

We live in world with great diversity Different people as far as we can see We love this diversity Until we see this changing our society You see, we are the ones who make changes To which they know no ranges We wish to make things modern To make all the nations sovereign We want to make things the same Everything the same is an easy game We will always win And if you impede us that is your sin The same is the best Less work and more rest Food traveling thousands of miles each way While we save minutes off our day Yet when we modernize We don’t do it with our eyes We use our hands To destroy communities into sand We use machines So loud to cover the screams We say that “The black oil down below Is well worth this hefty toll” Cancer and tumors in the bodies of others All for our own needs we destroy lives of our brothers We destroyed cultures Like hungry vultures We have killed people All in the name of bringing them to the steeple We will always have this privileged guilt That is strapped to us at the hilt To bring everyone else up to us Yet my friends I think we are on the wrong bus

We love diversity When it’s not changing our society We want justice Only when it is for us We hate change When we're the ones changing Next time we want to modernize Lets look into the mirror and use their eyes

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