Totally cliche that I reread the book while down here but I had to. It´s just so good and it IS more fun to read now that I know more about and/or have been to the locations. The Motorcycle Diaries and In Patagonia are almost staples to the book exchange shelves I think. Started reading In Patagonia but I didn´t want to swap yet and the next time I checked it was gone. So it´s not just me. Trying to get in a better habit of staying awake on buses and reading myself to sleep at night. Definitely have a great opportunity to expand my literary knowledge 🙂
Anyways. There is an appendix of a speech given by Ernesto Che Guevara in 1960 that I hadn’t read before… given to medical students and workers with a message of how to transform from doctor to revolutionary. Here are some excerpts:
Individualism tomorrow should be the proper utilization of the whole individual, to the absolute benefit of the community.
The life of a single human being is worth millions of times more than all the property of the richest man on earth.
The pride of serving our fellow man is much more important than a good income, that the people’s gratitude is much more permanent.
We must then begin to erase our old concepts and come ever closer and ever more critically to the people. Not in the way we got closer before … they have done it practicing charity, and what we have to practice today is solidarity.We should not draw closer to the people to say: “Here we are. We come to give you the charity of our presence, to teach you with our science, to demonstrate your errors, your lack of refinement, your lack of elementary knowledge.” We should go with an investigative zeal and with a humble spirit, to learn from the great source of wisdom that is the people.
The first thing we will have to do is not go offering our wisdom, but showing that we are ready to learn with the people, to carry out that great and beautiful common experience.
And although he is speaking of revolutionaries… This really applies to all paths of life and I love it –
“If we know the goals … and if we know the direction in which we have to travel, then the only thing left for us is to know the daily stretch of the road and to take it. Nobody can point out that stretch; that stretch is the personal road of each individual.”
And speaking of common experiences… this looks really great: