We are one, but we are not the same.

We are one, but we are not the same.

We are one, but we are not the same –- I've been thinking about that phrase a lot since last week. Let me tell you why.


Hector leans on Washington's Monument.


It's all Bono's fault really. It could have been a pretty normal day at the office when a friend and I decided to go to the World Bank and try to catch a conference regarding the End of Poverty, featuring Bono and Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. First of all, it was very hard to get in. There were so many people there but we didn’t have an invitation, it was very frustrating! But then, an idea came to my friend's mind and we called the representative of Mexico's office at the Bank and explained our situation. He gave us security clearance at the entrance and we finally got in while the conference was already going.

I am very glad we did it. It was such a good experience!


Both of them, enthusiastic activists to eradicate hunger and poverty around the world, explored different options of making that happen as soon as possible. Bono explained that corruption was a vice rooted in the very core of many societies and that it had to be suppressed, whereas Dr. Yong Kim said that ending poverty was a risky business and taking risks is necessary to fight against it.


Bono (of U2) and Dr. Jim Yong Kim speak on poverty.

If somebody asked me, I'd say that the greatest thing about that talk was the appreciation of those two diametrically different points of view taking action to obtain the same result and also that lessons can be found in many different places. That day, Bono gave me onelisten better, fail better.


Another great thing I saw in the past days was the march of the “Stop Kony” movement for the Invisible Children. There were lots of young people wearing the characteristic red shirt, shouting and walking to spread the word about Joseph Kony's disgraceful actions and to make people aware of the struggle of many children in the other side of the world our world. As I said, we are one, but we are not the same, that means we can unite in the commitment of helping others.



The activitst group Invisible Children leads a march against Joseph Kony in D.C.


Those two experiences made me think a lot about coherency and commitment. That life is not just about brave ideas but effective action, just like Ken Follet writes in one of his books “Brave words come easily in the dark. Daylight might tell a different story.” This is not one of those cases.

Finally, like any other great tale, the moral of the story would be to step up. To raise the hand to what you believe in, and live by it like the Mayor of the Strawberry fields in New York City who has been decorating the Imagine circle for eighteen straight years to remind people about peace and love, but that’s another story quite a task, right?


Vigilant decoration of the the Imagine circle in Strawberry Fields, a John Lennon

memorial located in New York City's Central Park.


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