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Study and Theory/
May 1st

Eduardo Galeano

Who has the Right to Hallucinate

Although we cannot assume how the future will look, we at least have the right to imagine how we want it to look. In 1948 and in 1976 the UN published long lists of human rights, however the majority of the human race only has the right to see, to hear and to be silent […] Let’s look at what is over the shame in order to assume another possible world: […] The cars will not be driven by man, the computers will not be programmed, the shopping malls will not buy it, and the television will not observe it; the television will cease to be the most important possession, and it will be treated like an iron or a washing machine; […] The economists will not say “lifestyle” for consumerism and “quality of life” for the number of possessions […]; The historians will not believe that there are countries that love being occupied […]; death and money will lose their magical power. Death and success will not make a criminal into a knight; no-one will be considered a hero or a fool as he will do the right thing rather than the worthwhile thing; the world shall no longer fight the poor but rather poverty; […] The food will not be merchandise, and the media will not be a business; […] They will not relate to the children of the rich like money, because there will be no children of the rich; education will not be a privilege of those who can pay for it […]; justice and freedom, Siamese twins, sentenced to live separately, will again be joined together, back to back […]. The Catholic Church will repair the mistakes in the Ten Commandments; […] We will live every night as if it is the last and every day as if it is the first.

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