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The conservation of cultural diversity – a priority today!

Posted in Cultural awareness by quintamacondalive on August 20, 2007

Sustainable Tourism,Culture and Progress


Having enjoyed the great privilege of experiencing the diverse expressions of the traditional cultures of Guatemala and Mexico for the last 30 years, it is devastating to have to observe its erosion and the poverty of progress in the region.    
For the first time  in history, as a result of the tsunami of globalization, much of the third world is at risk of loosing the intrinsic beauty and diversity of its traditional cultures, the historic vernacular of its ethnic architecture, its languages, as the mystique of its ancestral religious traditions.

Fast forward is rarely a harmonious melody, nor is the unruly pace of progress. It is unsettling to think, that in the not too distant future we might no longer be able to differentiate the cultural offerings of one nation from another.

Traditions hold the diverse and intrinsic wisdom of the global tribe, its knowledge, its innate education, its resilience and grace. How could it be possible that in just a few decades a nation’s (Guatemala) cultural umbilical cord be severed by corruption, incompetence and the mediocre proposals of progress. That, is the road to poverty. 

A priority today, should be to sustain the integrity of the worlds diverse cultures, admire their uniqueness, reinforce their being, and applaud their survival.

When thinking sustainable tourism, subsidizing the survival of cultural diversity is far more urgent today than subsidizing wars and stimulating animosity.  If indeed sustainable tourism is to be an option to better the lifestyle and economy of developing nations, the preservation of their cultural and natural diversity is paramount to the success of that endeavor. Furthermore, there will be a far greater chance for success if and when the respect and preservation of a country’s  endemic culture and biodiversity is embraced as an inherent part of
its progress.

John Heaton – Antigua, Guatemala, June,2007