a personal search of the relationship between war, memory, history, silence and the repercussions of conflicting truths

Time evades definition. According to the Mexican poet and writer Octavio Paz “time has to do with culture”. (1) He illustrates this by examining how time is perceived in his own country compared with in the USA. The first Americans see no necessity whatsoever in relating to the native population. They want to found a new country and so look to the future. The Spaniards, however, are interested in the native inhabitants of Mexico. They want to integrate, and preferably, convert them. Their view of the past falls under the theme of: “(…) the past is present (…)”. (2) Whether true or not, it sounds convincing.