A vacation plan comes up during a lunch conversation. Someone makes a reference to the Motorcycle Diaries. Another recalls an e-mail one of them sent a day earlier. It contained a quote from Ernesto “Che” Guevara:
Deje el mundo cambiarle y usted puede cambiar el mundo.
What does it mean? The literal translation:
Let the world change you, and you can change the world.
One person takes a hardline interpretation of the quote. According to that interpretation, if one changes, then one is sacrificing principle. One may end up with dirty hands. It goes without saying that this person disagrees with his interpretation of the quote.
The E-mailer takes a different view, one to which the Author of this blog is sympathetic. The E-mailer does not think the change brought on by the world alters one’s essential core, and Guevara is talking about a willingness to reflect on one’s experiences.
Does it take courage to let the world change you? Does it take faith? Someone switches the topic: if you were trapped on a desert island and could only take one movie with you, which one would you choose? People give their answers, and the conversation moves in a different direction. Who pays the electric bill on the island?