Manfred Max-Neef on local wisdom (from Human Scale Development)

“Buscamos justificación para nuestras acciones en los planteamientos o pensamientos que atribuimos a nuestro difunto héroe de turno, sin siquiera percatamos de la sabiduría del hombre y la mujer que siembran el maíz y que, al compartirlo en la olla común, logran sobrevivir, no por lo que hemos hecho, sino a pesar de lo que no hemos hecho.”

“We seek to justify our actions in the thoughts ascribed to the defunct hero of the day. We do this without even realizing the wisdom of the men and the women who raise the corn, and in sharing it with those who share their misery, manage to survive—not because of what we have done, but despite of what we have not done.”