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Gustavo Coronel :Venezuela :
The road less traveled

 

 

Should I feel sad today because a majority of Venezuelans decided to continue down the short cut? If we believe in democracy we accept that each individual can choose between progress and ignorance, between the swamp and the sea, between the handout and the earned. Therefore I should not feel sad for those who have so decided. However, it is not the same when we consider a society that lives under the same physical, legal and cultural roof. The members of that society are like Siamese brothers sharing a single heart. Where one goes so goes the other, when one dies so dies the other. This is why I feel sad, both for those who have chosen the short cut, to travel as children of the state, as well as for those who want be masters of their own destiny. Both groups are linked to each other and cannot take different roads. Those who are being dragged down the short cut know that mediocrity, corruption, unfulfilled promises and crime await at every turn.

I belong to the Venezuela of the road. I must keep fighting for a dignified, free and democratic society. After all, I share these ideals with six million voters, with half of a nation. Although I have severed my physical ties with the country and live a thousand miles away, I am spiritually one with that society. I am happy to report that, as individuals, I and mine have found peace and tranquility in a generous country and this has brought to a minimum my levels of anguish.

A poet from the country that is now my home, Robert Frost, wrote a poem that ended:

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and Ió
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Analysts have never agreed on the nature of that sigh: Was he sorry, was he proud?

I have no doubt. I am proud to have taken the road less traveled. To me this has made all the difference, especially when I look at myself in the mirror.


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