When I claim that Colombians are indifferent, myself included, I refer to the indifference towards the suffering of fellow Colombians who struggle with evident disadvantageous situations. Most of us are indifferent to social injustice until it touches us directly or until we leave our country and the distance (as it happened to me while living in France) ironically makes us feel closer to Colombia and feel more Colombian.
I used to be very active at least by being informed about the Colombian national situation but after moving back for good over here, I have become apathetic. I have to admit that this farming strike has awakened the sense of social and environmental justice that has been asleep for the last three years. But it has not been strong enough as to make me join the pacific protests in downtown Bogotá. Just to get there, it takes me at least an hour from where I live. And by thinking that, I feel selfish and guilty because our farmers have to commute more than that hour to get less than they spent in their potatoes growing, just to give an example. I feel also guilty because both my parents come from the countryside. They love it and would love to move back there, but it is simply not an option anymore, as they are old and living in the countryside would mean not to have access to medical care if needed.
We, Colombians, are drifting people and the most adaptable. We are proud and happy Colombians with victories such as those of Nairo Quintana and Caterine Ibargüen but we are few to support those same Nairo’s and Caterine’s families who are fed up with the government indifference and abandon of the farming regions.
I am home enjoying my day off work due to security reasons and watching the strikes on tv, because I am too far away and lazy to go downtown and support a request for the change this country needs. But this time I didn’t want to be just a passive spectator. I am contributing in the way I feel very comfortable doing. by writing about it.