What Kind of Ancestors Will We Be?

By Felicia Gustin
Jul 18, 2014

I think about the children in Gaza, the children coming across the Mexico - U.S. border, the children without water in Detroit, the children living with violence in Oakland.

I think about what kind of future our children face and what is our responsibility, as adults, to all children, to rid this planet of war and militarism, hatred and inequity. To save this planet.

I think about this poem by Guatemalan revolutionary Otto Rene Castillo. It kind of says it all:

"Before the Scales, Tomorrow"

And when the enthusiastic
story of our time
is told,
to those who are yet to be born
but announce themselves
with more generous face,
we will come out ahead
— those who have suffered most from it.

And that
being ahead of your time
means much suffering from it.
But it's beautiful to love the world
with eyes
that have not yet
been born.

And splendid
to know yourself victorious
when all around you
it's all still so cold,
so dark.

Someday our descendants, the children of our children, will look back at us to see what we did to make a difference. What kind of ancestors will we be?

That was the question I pondered for this short 4 minute film I made. For my daughter. About our history. For all our children. For the future.

The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the entire War Times project

Felicia Gustin has been with War Times since the beginning. She currently works at SpeakOut, a national organization working primarily with colleges, universities, and high schools and dedicated to the advancement of education, racial and social justice, leadership development and activism. She is a long-time activist in international solidarity, peace, racial justice and labor movements. She was a journalist for 10 years in Cuba and is currently working on several projects - an historical memoir and a poetry collection, among others.

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