Tú eres mi otro yo. You are my other me.
Si te hago daño a ti, If I do harm to you,
me hago daño a mi mismo. I do harm to myself.
Si te amo y respeto, If I love and respect you,
me amo y respeto yo. I love and respect myself.
-Mayan Traditional Greeting
In some classrooms in Tucson, each class begins with a recitation of In Lak’Ech, a reminder that we all are intertwined, and how we treat others affects how we experience the world.
As this semester of the Border Studies Program ends, I carry forward with me the words of In Lak’Ech,
Let’s build a world on bonds of solidarity and collective wellbeing. Let’s listen to each other, let’s respect each other, let’s act on our love and make a world where we can all act on our love.