The Lessons of Horror
Jorge Arroyo, La Nación (centrist), San José,
Sept. 14, 2001.
at home. What is relevant in our little backyards and to the interests
of our land? The lesson-filled attack on the globe makes urgent
in our consciousness the job of becoming a people that in our wholeness
and togetherness reject these absurd acts. This hecatomb should
promote in peoples minds the possibility of resolving problems,
and not of destruction. And then symbolicallyand, sadlysome
vandals lit the town of Santa Rosa on fire, and the sense of desolation
was increased by the murder, by mercenary hit men, of [Costa Rican
radio journalist] Parmenio Medina [in July], leaving us wounded
inside. Now, on the outside, we are part of the torn fabric of the
global village, irrelevant in economic matters, but still present
with our moral and ethical strength.
For us to have such a presence, we must renew our principles, though
they be born of indignation and a sense of impotence. The cruel
acts of this September confront us with the exacerbation of racism,
with xenophobia, with intolerance, with a realization of the unfortunate
power of inflexible parties, with retribution from both sides, and
with a spiraling effect in the provocation and explosion of conflicts.
It fell to the most powerful country to be prey to the most terrifying
horror. We take away the lesson that it is time to reactivate our
memories and reflections so that they can become relevant actions
to push away these excesses. Charity begins at home and with what
we already have.