To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep

Hamlet’s soliloquy in Act III Scene 1 


To be, or not to be… that is the question!

Who has not asked this question at least once in their life? To be or not to be is the question that comes with consciousness.

Today, we live in a world where people are being killed for their color, sexual preference and religion: Christians tortured and beheaded for their beliefs and nobody does anything.  We live in a country where politicians put their own interests before their country and its people, so that in Guerrero, one of the poorest states in Mexico, individuals close to Governor Angel Aguirre have been charged with corruption and misappropriation of 300 million pesos, and nobody does anything.

We read in the media about the millions of dollars found in the Swiss bank accounts of Mexican politicians, of public works never terminated or suspended but charged and paid, or the multimillion dollar mansions that have been “bought” from contractors affiliated with the Mexican government, or a governor who built a hydraulic press capable of storing four million cubic meters of water from the Manzanal river, stockpiling water and leaving his own people to their fate.  And again, nobody does anything.

To be, or not to be … again that is the question!  Being silent and suffering the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or taking arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing end them?

To be… the speech, the shouting, the one who strives to make a difference… Or not to be… part of the “Mexican way” that believes in that popular saying “el que no transa no avanza” (he who doesn’t steal doesn’t advance) like so many who stray and compromise their principles for the sake of power and money.

To be or not to be … The great dilemma facing those with important decisions and where there are only two groups:  Those who are and those who are not. A faint line, virtually invisible to those who cannot see or want to see.  Hours of Byzantine conversations, gallons of coffee and countless bottles of liquor give way to debate where one begins and the other ends pitting each one against those who are and those who are not.

Everyone, at one time or another, either at the end of the day, when putting the head on the pillow or in the shower or at traffic light, will ask him/herself Hamlet´s famous words:

To be or not to be … That is the question.

José E. Urioste Palomeque
Merida Yucatán, México



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