In the period of just one solitary week, I was faced with three starkly similar experiences, each pointing to the challenge that truth faces in acquiring the oxygen it needs to do its work.
The first was a message from Edwin Escobar. I have been helping him in his run for President of his Country. His call to service emanates from somewhere deep beyond just thoughtful, and his notions of servant leadership are that one cannot hope to effectively serve a community from outside the community. An Ivory Tower doesn’t work. One has to understand people. One has to truly know people. Proximity and visible accountability are important.
His proposal to up-end Guatemala’s political system and move power from Congress and the Presidential Palace to the municipalities was always going to be a threat. It was always going to face a dark reaction. This particular day with just a week or so to go before voting, he was unceremoniously removed from the ballot.
The second experience was a distressed telephone call with a Senior Manager at one of the World’s most revered Institutions …
Back in 2007, I remember saying something along these lines, “Edwin if you’re going to serve your country, can you see the people? And I mean truly see, beyond your ideas of them.”
And so Edwin and I set off around Guatemala to find its (human) soul. It was the first time that I’d showed someone what I was doing with the camera, how and why it was so important with respect to servant leadership and human connection.
Edwin is now a front runner in the Guatemalan Presidential Election.
During this journey, we witnessed people from every conceivable walk of life. A sight once seen, never forgotten. A sight of a Nation behind the distraction of its easily seen drama.
Filming was often done in quieter locations but here, a marketplace contributed to this great understanding …