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Princess Marcela (center,above) at an eco-art exposition

Princess Marcela is one of the most outspoken and flamboyant of the Sembradores, and is always looking for ways to improve things. She was the first leader of the Sembradores when it was started in the early 90s. Princess of a dense tropical forest, she was looking for the plants used by the irredecent lavander Morpho butterflies to lay their eggs on, and after many days searching, found the tree. She prepared a place to raise the caterpillars, but just before returning to collect the leaves, the forest was burnt and all the eggs destroyed. She became disillusioned, particularly as the man who burned the forest did it only to "matar los bichos" (kill the animals), and didn't use the land. She went to the Japanese embassy in LaPaz to try to get funds for an education program, but they told her they gave money to governments, not to NGOs. Other embassies were even less responsive. She's been inactive since then, until now, when the princesses have asked her to write more, because her brusk no-nonsense style is in demand again. Many students, teachers, and school directors who had put their hopes in the internet to save their forests are disillusioned by the lack of response to destruction.

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Developed World Brain Dead, says princess Marcela

1998

Could the countries in the industrial north please let-up just for a moment on the

STRANGLE-HOLD

they have on our minds, maybe, so imagination could flow?

Here in the 3rd world, all the worldwide radio services have exactly the same news, in exactly the same order. And it's news which is selected to uphold a certain limited view of reality and the corporate mandate. TV is the same, it comes from USA, and the protagonists are always cops. "Other" people, like you and your neighbors, are depicted as untrustworthy and suspicious, especially if they have different ideas.

That's fine, we enjoy those shows, and we certainly enjoy the products the corporations provide. but could...

maybe? just once?,

a protagonist be...

a person with a different vision of the world, or an appreciation of biodiversity?

Is there any neurological activity in the developed world which doesn't come from the artificially-enforced mindframe? If there is, it's not visible in South America.

And that's leading to another form of starvation, no less crippling than malnutrition.

Starvation of the

COLLECTIVE IMAGINATION.

Carmen (above, with sword) 1989-90, founder and inspirerer with Marcela

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