Crossing a Border to Learn

No Man’s Land

As I crossed the border into Mexico, there literally was a no man’s land area soon after the ‘crossing’. It was explained to me that people who are deported, when sent back, have no contacts or Mexican paperwork. So then they’re in a weird middle when they aren’t members of either country. Furthermore, there is a shame of being deported. Combing these two creates a situation in which there are tons of people who were sent back to Mexico and now inhabit this river area.

Some deportees were even part of the service. Clearly this current system is crap, when someone who serves for the US is then deported after his or her ‘use’ has expired.

Countries of Similarity

So of course Mexico has its corruption. That is obvious.

However, the more interesting point was brought to my attention by a journalist I recently chatted with. That, the US has a similar corruption but in the shadows. That corporations and the rich hold the biggest sway. I think any American has this inkling but it ultimately doesn’t make a difference in our lives.

Money talks. Shit walks.

3rd World Blues

Being in a 3rd world country was an eye opening experience. There’s a kind of bustle. For me, this kind of kept me on edge the whole time. Not that I couldn’t relax but always aware. The negative is that your guard is never really down. A greater negative is that if you get hurt…well let’s just say I wouldn’t want to be put into a Mexican hospital.

While the trip wasn’t my favorite country ever, it was an educating experience. I have really come to understand a lot more.

Shinto and Catholicism

You’d never think you’d hear these two in the same sentence. It was explained to me how there is a ritual for a grave for Juan Soldado. That if you ask him for a wish and it comes true you have to crawl on your knees back to his grave to give back the stone you took from it (the beginning of the ritual).
While founded on Christianity, the following and adherence to such a ritual is similar to the various Shinto practices in Japan. Rather this might be a common thread that all religions share, closely following the practices of old.

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