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Venezuela

Venezuela has been in economical crisis for some time. And since economy is linked to everything else, a consequent human rights and social crisis as well. There’s millions of people that migrate out of Venezuela for many years, and as all of we know the reasons are related to unemployment, lack of opportunities, and recently hunger. There’s many people in Venezuela without money to buy food, inflation keeps rising and chaos is imminent.

I’m not an economy philosopher. I don’t have enough knowledge about the different economical ideologies and also I have never researched or been in a scientific study about it to say left is better than right or right is better than left. I read about both and have my own opinions, but because my knowledge in this subject is limited I do not feel as though I should publicly express an opinion about which one is better or works better and because it wouldn’t be a well thought and well rounded idea I choose to not express any opinion about economical ideologies.

I focus on emotional intelligence and linear analysis of events and how these have consequences in people’s lives.

I will not speak about military issues as well, because military subjects are very masculine in essence and if I express what I see about it, it will probably create hostile feelings from some against me, as it has in my letter to Mr. Macron, where people have chosen to wall me off and ignore all my opinions and thoughts simply because they did not agree with I’ve said. So, I refrain from sharing about this subject in my blogs and public letters, until a later time. If you however would like to know what I think about them, you can contact me and I can share on a one – on – one manner.

Having experience in representing people and always being described as very human and democratic (in University as a student)  I can share that democracy is not easy at times, and requires practice. Power is a very sensible manner, and one must treat it with respect. Whenever I had to decide about something I would gather with my peers and collect thoughts and I would ask them about it. Many times their opinion was not mine. I wanted to do it my way, because I knew it was better, but their opinion was different. I felt conflicted many times in the dilemma of “should I do as I think is better or should I do as they want me to” and I always chose for meeting with them again and discussing the subject again and then get to an agreement that would make both sides happy so to speak and implement it. This felt right in me. I cannot, however, expect to everybody to feel the same way as I so.

Democracy is a reality to many of us, many like me, that has always lived it in our lives, but we must be aware that to may people in the world it is only an idea, as they have never truly experienced it in their life and so have many fears about it. To us it sounds odd… “How can someone fear democracy?” but the answer is simple, it is not really democracy one fears, but the unknown, the never having had that experience before combined with the fear of losing, of being worse, of having to leave everything behind, of putting everything under an unknown force that they don’t know how to manage.

Venezuela is a country with a great future ahead. The problem with Venezuela is that the economy is jeopardizing the whole country and harming many people’s lives. It is a matter of concern to many human rights defenders and other Latin cultures and countries.

Here are my thoughts about it:

  1. It is aggravating that at times in the world that people don’t say things bluntly to others and in not doing so they end up fueling misconceptions and wrong ideas and consequently negative emotions on others. When people don’t say it bluntly, some Venezuelans may feel that people around the world are against them or don’t like them. That’s not the case, there’s people dying of hunger, and inflation is too high, there’s millions of Venezuelans migrating to Colombia, Brazil, and other place. It’s perhaps time to address economy and make it work. if the economy works all other sectors will work as well and wouldn’t create a need for people around the world to interfere in a country’s political life. People do it because millions of people have nothing to eat, and to buy food is too expensive. I can’t tell which one is better: left or right, I don’t know about economy enough to express myself in that. There’s countries in the world that work well on both sides of the economical ideologies. So I can’t criticize one side over the other. It is  subject for experts and leaders in the matter to discuss, I cannot ponder which side is better.
  2. Mr. Maduro is very hard trying to make it work. We can all agree in that, but one cannot attain goodness by spreading evil, this means, one cannot achieve peace by creating conflicts. It is not right that people who express themselves are arrested and mistreated. Freedom of speech is a human right. This creates repression, and when people feel unheard they start rebelling against their oppressors.People are rebelling because the economical reality f the country is unbearable and the country is not functioning right.
  3. I believe that there is perhaps the need to study a little of politics to understand what is not working and why. It is impossible for one person to do it all all the time. It is important for a representative to know and understand why an assembly is important and why it is crucial. An assembly with assigned ministers on different subjects ensures that different subjects are taken care of all at the same time. A president or a prime minister is then responsible for an ongoing communication with those same ministers. Mr. Maduro should meet with the assembly and have a heart to heart dialogue and BOTH the representatives should get to an agreement.
  4. An assembly is not meant to represent opposition, even though it may have many people in it that disagree about the President’s ideas. It is in this moment acting as opposition because Venezuela is not in a good shape.
  5. Investment in Venezuela alone won’t do it. It is well known that people who have never had money and have won the lottery had spent it in a fraction of a moment failing to invest and to use it properly to create more wealth. Money is not an easy subject to understand by those who have never had much or who have never learned to manage it. Without proper counseling and help, investment alone won’t do.
  6. Mr. Maduro is fighting hard against something he is very scared about: cultural loss. This is something people should respect, independently of political ideologies. He speaks often about the colonialist empire and this is something we all should respect and take time to explain to him that no one (I hope) wants to destroy Venezuelans culture or identity. There is a cultural diplomacy threat that I have mentioned in my Diplomacy essay, that speaks of this. He is very resistant to having international help because of it. Only the international players can assure to him or any other that this won’t happen, and that helping Venezuela doesn’t mean a cultural end.

In my personal opinion I think Mr Maduro and his opponent should meet and discuss what to do together. Venezuela belongs to the Venezuelan people, they should be the ones to decide about its future. Personally I think that economy is a hard subject and that Venezuela representatives should learn how to do it or gather help from those who know how to do it.

I pray and hope for a bright future for Venezuela, without deaths or unrest to justify anything. Democracy needs to be learned and so all stages between undemocratic and democratic regimes, if that’s what BOTH representatives agree upon, should be respected and encouraged and not judged or denied.

Vanessa, independent philospher, Physics MSc, screenwriter, philosopher.

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