Saturday, February 05, 2005

Solidarity

There are two brief sentences - more like aphorisms - that I would like to pick out from Eduardo Galeano's lyrical essay below on the photographs of Sebastião Salgado:
Charity, vertical, humilates. Solidarity, horizontal, helps.
Those six words resonate precisely with what Nelson Mandela said in London the other day:

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.
Exactly how we work out our relationships in the great struggle of transforming the gross inequities of our age - the ways we construct the principles, processes and practices for the common actions of humankind - will have to be based on horizontal solidarities or not at all.

1 Comments:

Blogger Chris Brooke said...

Or, as Neil Kinnock once said, I think, when he was attacking the SDP all those years ago, the goal of the Left is "parity, not charity".

7:12 pm  

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