Dialéctica de la soledad
Sixty years ago, Octavio Paz used his critic imaginary to point out a series of social phenomena that exhibited an increasing issue; the orphanage of Mexican people, which would expand to the whole society arising from the loneliness of the individual in the midst of the maelstrom of the crossing influences that govern him and make him unworthy of his own circumstances to the extent that he cannot be separated from the false “national-me”, feigning attitudes, derived from the wounds left to him by history, which make even more difficult his daily reality.Show More
With open sores, resulting from the suffered invasions, Mexican people carry with them the heavy burden of their origin, a dim blur spread in the collectivity of the society whence it sprung, holding the masses responsible of their misfortunes, forgetting their accountability as a universe integrated by individuals, always conceiving themselves as shapeless, unable to make heads nor tails of their situation, turned into an automaton whose frame of action is narrowed by the circumstances presented to him by the show business and who’s only able to do what the current political paternalism allows him. The importance of Octavio Paz’s work in the history of Mexico does not lie in its transformation of the Mexican character, or its attempted subversion of identity for the sake of atonement; its importance lies in the accurate and imaginative speculation it sets forth regarding the origins of Mexican society’s deepest diseases, which has allowed its readers whether Mexican or no, to critically reflect on their origins.
Text by David Miranda.