"A civilized person is one who is able, at all times and in all places, to recognize the humanity of others fully." Tzvetan Todorov

#MondayMood: For Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and His Daughter, Valeria

To be civilized does not mean having studied at university, or having read many books, or possessing great wisdom: we all know that certain individuals with these characteristics were capable of committing acts of absolutely perfect barbarity. To be civilized means to be capable of fully recognizing the humanity of others, even though they have different faces and customs to ours; to know how to put oneself in their place and look at ourselves as if from outside. No one is definitively barbarian or civilized and each one of us is responsible for our actions. But we, who today receive this great honour, have the responsibility to take a step forward towards a little more civilization. Tzvetan Todorov

Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his nearly 2-year-old daughter, Valeria.)
Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter, Valeria.

Photo of Oscar Ramirez and his daughter, Valeria found on twitter, attributed to Maria Estela Avalos. I do not own this image.

Header image is a photograph of a poster seen at the 2019 Women’s March


14 thoughts on “#MondayMood: For Oscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and His Daughter, Valeria

  1. No words Rob. I wrote a poem for Colleen’s challenge this week, inspired by this horrific event. Interesting to find when we serve the truth out blatantly , how many look away. 😦

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  2. Beautiful both writing and in drawing. So true..wish I was more civilized than I am. You never know how you would react under certain extreme circumstances, could I be civilized enough to forgive?? Not sure.

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