Héctor Aguilar Camín, writing in today’s Milenio:
I like the country that we have today much more than the country of Independence that I have visited in books. … I like the priest Hidalgo that we’ve invented and that we remember much more than the flesh and blood Hidalgo who sacked Guanajuato.
The costs of the Latin American wars of independence were summed up by Bolívar: “We’ve won independence at the cost of everything else.” Bolívar was right. The best about all of this is that it is in the past, and we don’t have to repeat it. …
The Mexico of 2010 is a better country than its past, despite the current bad mood. Better in relation to what? Better in terms of becoming a country that is ‘civilized’ or ‘developed’ or ‘modern.’ Which is to say, the dream of a prosperous, equitable, democratic nation. Say what you will: we are closer to this today than we were 200 years ago.
The best country that Mexico has been is this one. And the best Mexico that we can have is the one that will follow this one, the one that we hope for going forward.