"Raised voices are seldom heard, fights rarely seen, and Ticos will nod and say "Sí," even if they don't mean it, simply to avoid conflict. "
-This is an excerpt from “Cultural Values and the National Self-Image,” my first assigned reading during orientation classes at the University of Costa Rica.
Well, I thought, how does such a passive culture maintain the peace while also implementing forms of expression and social/political/environmental movements?
What I've discovered so far is that no one seems to do it alone, and all movements seem to have deeply rooted principles of peace and community.
I see my journey thus far in Costa Rica as a three-step process.
One: In coming to Costa Rica, I hoped to witness radical movements for climate justice and equality, perhaps people flabbergasted when they ...