Presidente Mujica

“Either you’re happy with very little, without all that extra baggage, because happiness is inside you, or you don’t get anywhere.” – Jose Mujica

I have a new idol. A new hero. And his name is Jose “Pepe” Mujica, the former president of Uruguay. How did it take me so long to listen to this guy, to learn what he was all about?

If you’re not familiar with Jose Mujica, the first thing you could do is watch this video:

And then after that you could watch this video:

And then, if you speak Spanish, you could watch the best video of them all:

And then finally, if you really want to know more, you could watch this video:

When Presidente Mujica was in office, he donated 90% of his salary to charity. Instead of having a presidential plane, he spent that money on having a rescue helicopter located in the middle of Uruguay that could respond at a moment’s notice to people in dire need. And then you look at (if you’re American)…our president. And you want to cry. You see the things that he thinks are important, like fighting with people on Twitter…and you want to cry. You hear that he doesn’t read books, or read at all for that matter….and you want to cry. And you think about all the people that voted for him, all the people that thought, I have options, BUT THIS IS THE PERSON I THINK SHOULD BE THE LEADER OF MY NATION…and you don’t want to cry. You want to weep.

I don’t usually talk about politics because when it comes to politics I’m very ignorant. But I will say this: The earth would be paradise if people just did the following: take only what they need, and nothing more. This was and is the message of president Jose Mujica. I am as guilty of this as anyone, of consuming more than I need. But another message from president Mujica is that the most important thing (the only important thing) is not to give up. If you want something to change it doesn’t matter no matter how many times you try and fail, only that after the 1,145th (or 2,900th, or 8.623rd) failure, you get up again for another try.

On that note I’m going to go out and get a coffee, i.e. participate in more consumption, and probably berate myself because of it. But I’m not going to give up.