Geraldina Céspedes, missionary Dominica del Rosario
The hegemonic system seeks to harm us from the deepest roots of our seeing, our sense-thinking and acting. One of these forms of atrophy is the dualistic separation that subtly promotes between the different dimensions of our life. Thus, it has led us to understand in a piecemeal and separate way the social and the personal, the high and the low moments, the ordinary and the extraordinary, the public and the private, the political and the personal, the reason and the heart, the great causes and the small causes Etc.
But lately a new consciousness is emerging between people and collectives, a different vision that questions these differences and invites us to live in a more wisdom and holistic key from which we learn to harmonize the supposed paradoxes of the Life, integrating and including wisely what the system wants us to see always in shock and conflict.
In the past decades we have spent and worn out in many struggles which, while marked by a high level of radicality and coherence, have taken little care of other important dimensions of life more closely linked to the minuscule, to everyday life, to "home" issues. Some people have cultivated political values, public, of the street, of the high moments of the struggle, but we have forgotten to cultivate values and practices "to walk by House", for the daily life, for the hidden life when almost nobody sees to us nor is filming us in The camera.
We have also allowed some issues and aspects of our life to be co-opted by the system or have believed that they were bourgeois and personalistic concerns that little mattered to those engaged in great causes, to seek the transformation of Society. This carelessness happens to us today the invoice and claims that we know articulate and interweaving in a liberating key all the threads that compose the fabric of people's lives, which ranges from the most small and intimate concerns to big global problems. It is about learning to include and articulate all the dimensions of people's lives, surpassing our propensity to move in a pendulum and excluding way, moving from one extreme to the other. The attention to the small and to the everyday does not imply to disunderstand us of the great causes nor of the public and political dimension, but that it is to take the great causes to the house, to our intimacy and to place the domestic and intimate concerns in a political framework , as it remains valid and urgent to consider what the feminist movement advocates for decades: "Personal is political."
This means that the processes of personal change do not constitute a separate stage of the struggle for a socio-political change and systemic change. The assertion that the personal is political means that personal experience should not be seen as a private matter, but is public because it is conditioned by political, social and religious factors; But it also means that we have to transfer the principles of equity, democracy, justice, participation, transparency, etc. Both to the political sphere and to the personal and family. It is in the microcosm of our house where we really see what we believe in and what world we seek.
The commitment to great causes is verified and concretizeded in the small things and on the stage of everyday life. The world we dream of is not going to come if we don't start practicing and living inside the house, in our place of struggle and work and with the people we meet every day. This is where we have the opportunity to rehearse an alternative lifestyle, where we can practice the logic of degrowth and austerity; Simplicity of life against arrogance; Transparency against the logic of deception and appearance; Sharing and cooperating instead of competing; The common good and participation against selfish interest and imposition; Horizontality and circularity in relationships; Justice, equality and tenderness.
For this we need to inspire ourselves in a mystic of the tiny and the hidden that will help us to rediscover the revolutionary force of the small and the small. Against the megalomaniac logic of the system, which leads to value the big things and the greats of this world and what has greater visibility, you have to put your gaze on the tiny, in "The small print", in ordinary life and sometimes routine to reaffirm the power transfor Mador of the small and everyday practices made by the young, as Eduardo Galeano said: "Many small people in small places, doing small things can change the world."
The resistance to the system and the search for a new world is done every day and that has to do with being counterhegemonic and antisystem in what we eat, we drink, what we dress, the way we travel, where we relate or enjoy a time of leisure. In our daily habits and in the simple gestures we make since we get up until we lie down, we are taking sides or by this predatory capitalist system or by a new society that works in a different way and sits on Other values. The whole structure of the small and everyday things we do has hidden what our options are and what kind of society we are betting on. Our lifestyle, our consumption habits, what we use, how we use it, how we transport, how we use the resources of Mother Earth, the way we feed or clean ourselves, etc. Today can be the most credible prophecy, a form of denunciation and a way of proclaiming without words that we believe in other values and we advocate another mode of functioning of our world.
One of the strongest challenges we have who believe that "another world is possible" is to overcome inconsistencies and contradictions in the level of everyday life and in the circle of closer and closer relationships (the family, the couple, the community , the small work team). The hierarchical system-pyramidal, androcentric-patriarchal and consumer-predatory continues to stand because our daily practices continue to nourish and reproduce. Hence, everyday life and the small places we inhabit need to turn them into spaces of resistance and struggle with the same strength and conviction that we do when we are in a strike, in a demonstration or in a day of protest from the people.
There, in the small corner where our ordinary life passes we have to screw in the same direction of the world that we dream and practice the prophecy of "doors inside", making reality in domestic and everyday actions the world that we dream. This coherence in everyday life is much more difficult to maintain and is located on the hidden side of life, of what is not seen nor out in the news, but that has a transformer power at the personal level and society , since as more people we resist the system in practical and everyday matters, we will act as ants that working quietly we can go undermining the bases of the system.
All this implies living a mystic of the tiny, reading the density theological that is hidden in the small and ordinary moments of life and exerting from there a new prophetism in which, without abandoning the elements of complaint and the proposal of alternatives , let us understand that the prophecy is above all to lead a counter-current lifestyle. That is to say, the Prophet and the prophetess not only seek alternatives with the people and for the people, but they are people who live in an alternative way and practise in their daily actions what Paul said to the Romans: "Do not conform to the East Order" (Rom 12 , 2).
In order to harmonize the big causes with the small causes, we must train the gaze to perceive the tiny and learn to contemplate the small and everyday things of life without abandoning the panoramic, systemic, collective vision, the wide horizon. is to observe both the microscope and the telescope to capture both the smallest and almost imperceptible of our life and our environment, as the largest and most evident, exercising our ability to perceive and connect what happens at home and what It happens outside the home, the primary realities and the elementary things of life with the great struggles. It is to cultivate a holistic and non-dualistic gaze, a non-exclusive but inclusive look, that knows how to count on everything and sees how the different dimensions of life are interwoven. It is the way of looking at Jesus who knew how to grasp the reality in his depth and complexity, which was fixed in the small and everyday things and who announced a kingdom that grows from the small and the small.