Tutaykiri fue Revista del Colegio Profesional de Antropólogos de Lima entre los años 2009 y 2011, siendo su Director Walter Saavedra.
martes, 21 de julio de 2015
“Solitude is good to create, but
is convenient to recall, but not for immersing yourself fully in it.Happily,
you always have at your side and with you a book.” (Rosa Avellaneda).
could I go today? I am now like I was in Lima some years ago, when I left my
house for going to nowhere place. It was -it is still- a wonderful time for me,
it does not matter what kind of troubles I could have had before, it does not
matter what kind of profits, benefits or blessings I could get these running days.
Life is an eternal searching of happiness, and everyone has his own idea about
what happiness is. Right or wrong, everybody is going - or would like to go- towards
what he / she does not have in his/her life... Life is a game of possibilities.
You must always have something else for getting. When we reach ours goals it is
not the end of all, but it is the beginning because a new path opens for us,
and there are other goals for being gotten. Maybe we could say -paraphrasing the
Rolling Stones-, that there is not full satisfaction but in advance, in always
advance into the future, into the horizon that is beyond our present. We can
reach happiness, but we need to follow it every instant of our lives... what we
need mostly is feelings, sensations, positive thoughts and reflections.
Material things do not give us happiness, tough they are part of it and we
cannot ignore them. Buddha and Lao Tzu needed material things, in very little
proportion it is true, but needed them (Buddha begged what he needed)... What
kind of fantasy do we like to live? Since I was a child I wished to live in
different parts of the world, and I could do it, but only in my imagination
that was not so fruitful like Julio Verne's, nevertheless I was able to do it,
to travel any place I wanted, reading all kind of book of adventures. Like don
Quixote's, my life was peaceful, almost always, until I could start to make my
adventurous life coming true, coming out from fantasy, and that was only possible
when I left San Marcos University where I was a professor. Life was my own
Rocinante. I took the path that life chose for me, though I thought it was me
who did. I was crazy, I know... It was endings of 1979 when I left New York and
came from Lima. I wished to take the illegal aliens route and I did it. I left
my house and my bedroom where I had my beloved books, books that I was reading
all the time. Now I do it in the same way as before - in my precious
solitude... Time does not pass in my life since I am here. The city where I am
living, as I said before, is New York. From the beginning -I mean: the first time
I was here- I discovered that there is no other city like it. Here are living
more than 130 different cultures from around the world. That is what fascinates
me most of all... I live in a big reality that immerse emerges from fantasy
(this city is called "The Big Apple"). You can see New York, using
Shakespeare’s opus title, as you like it. You can find in this big city
everything you want to get, good or bad, but you need to understand it, to know
it, looking at it in a different way you are accustomed to. This is another
country, a different culture where are living people of different parts of the
world, and you can see their own characters. I know the immigrant sufferings
because I myself have suffered since my beginnings here. I know the immigrant
joys because I myself have being joyful here... I saw my face hiding where the
storm is permanent. I was inside it. I was smiling in spite of all the bad
moments I have lived. I have always known that the life we live -good and bad-
are not for other people's life but for us, they are for ourselves that are
happy or sad, and maybe we are not accustomed to live different lives, to live
other, different, lives than we had in our home countries. Life has different
faces, we need to know how to confront each one of them... It is ludicrous to
be so many years thinking in the past, living in the past, but we do it in
spite of all. I can see it every day not only in myself but in different kind
of immigrants long since I am living in this country. … For intellectual people
accustom to live here is more difficult yet, because they are accustomed to be
alone, they are reading, writing, thinking, and talking with themselves. It's a
crazy life –just like don Quixote's-, I know, and I have seen many of them (I
mean people thinker) changing their way of lives looking for a different one
or, simply, trying to run away from their every time life they do not support,
they do not like, and do not desire. They left their country for a better
life... What is a better life for them? Maybe they want to look for a way of
life they do not know after all. They are like Goethe’s "Faust" that
looks for a different life only to realize, after a time living it, that they
are wrong in their searching. But they did it in spite of their thoughts, in
spite of their feelings... My fantasy was transformed in my reality once upon a
time... and it was very hard... I am remembering my father now. I have gotten
him in my mind for a long time. The image I have had of him is when he is listening
his pocket radio while he was walking down the streets. Then, I needed... I
thought that I had to buy a pocket radio like his. Well, now I get a pocket
radio like I he had: same size, same color, and same brand. For me all this is
beautiful. It is a bit of my father's material presence in my life. It gives me
some happiness, some joy. It helps me to walk in this every day difficult
Carta de Arguedas al rector y a los estudiantes de la U. N. A. L. M., Lima.
"Me acojerán en la Casa nuestra [la Universidad Nacional Agraria de La Molina], atenderán mi cuerpo y lo acompañarán hasta el sitio en que deba quedar definitivamente." Jose María Arguedas, noviembre de 1969.
“Considerar siempre el Perú como una fuente infinita para la creación. Perfeccionar los medios de entender este país infinito mediante el conocimiento de todo cuanto se descubre en otros mundos. No, no hay país más diverso, más múltiple en variedad terrena y humana; [tenemos] todos los grados de calor y color, de amor y odio, de urdimbres y sutilezas, de símbolos utilizados e inspiradores.”
José María Arguedas.
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