On Friday we attended a presentation on Cuenca and the changes that have occurred here over the years and it was put on by a gentleman from our new church who has lived the changes.
During his presentation, I could see how the two Americas are alike and how much they are different.
North America was founded by people looking for a better life for them and their families. They moved from one coast to the other to find that elusive dream. South America too had its explorers, however they did not come with families to find a better life, but to take all they could from the south and return to their homelands in hopes of returning rich. Where North America slaughtered the native peoples to take the land as their own, the people who came to South America slaughtered the native peoples to take their silver and gold.
In North America the Jesuits came and took the children of the native peoples and put them into boarding schools to learn English and took away their heritage. In South America the Arch Bishop of Ecuador threatened the families who associated with Lutherans with excommunication and anyone who supported these families were friends were likewise threatened. So the people of Ecuador sent their children to Minnesota to Lutheran Boarding schools where they lost their heritage to become indoctrinated into the way of the gringos.
When Ecuador changed from the Sucre currency to the U.S. dollar, many lost their retirements due to devaluation. For example, if they had millions of Sucres in the bank, when the conversion to U.S. currency, their retirement went from millions in the bank to $400. Those who were paying 2900 Sucres a month in mortgage suddenly found themselves paying $0.80 per month.
Where North America has lost its way with greed being the almighty idol many chase and families are disappearing and the elderly being thrown away with the wash water, South America has realized the importance of families, they take care of the elderly and everyone works together to achieve what they need. Here in Cuenca, even the land has rights. They are big on the environment and have some of the cleanest and safest water to drink anywhere in the world.
So where North America seems to be a land growing in stress and tensions, South America seems to be more relaxed and laid back. I am not saying it is perfect by any means as no where is perfect; however I will say it comes pretty close to being perfect, at least for his newly.
With that, I will leave you with pictures from the Cuenca presentation and wish each and everyone of you God’s blessings. Until the next time,
Terri at the Drakes Nest