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ERIC Number: ED002656
Record Type: RIE
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MANANA IS TODAY.
CAMPA, ARTHUR L.
THE PHILOSOPHY THAT GUIDES SOCIETY IS DETERMINED TO SOME EXTENT BY THE INTERPRETATION GIVEN TO THE PRESENT, PAST, AND FUTURE. NEW MEXICO IS INHABITED BY TWO GROUPS OF PEOPLE WITH A DIFFERENT UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE WHO ARE BOTH STRIVING TO LIVE PEACEFULLY WITH EACH OTHER. THEIR DIFFERENCES COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER. BOTH THE ANGLOS AND THE MEXICANOS MAY BE CLASSED AS ROMANTICS, BUT IN DIFFERENT TIME RELATIONSHIPS. THE ANGLOS' ROMANTICISM IS BASED UPON THE FUTURE, THE PRESENT BEING A PREPARATION FOR THAT FUTURE. THE PAST IS GONE. MEN OF VISION ARE PRODUCED BY THIS PHILOSOPHY. HOPE IS PRESENT DURING TEMPORARY DISSATISFACTION. ALL ACTIVITIES ARE WELL PLANNED IN ADVANCE AS A CARRYOVER FROM ORGANIZED INDUSTRY AND TIME SCHEDULES. URBANIZED ANGLOS FIND LITTLE IN COMMON WITH IMPOVERISHED MEXICANOS. THE MEXICANO, OR MESTIZO, A RACIAL AMALGAMATION OF RESIGNED, STOLID INDIANS AND LIGHTHEARTED SPANIARDS, HAS BASED HIS ROMANTICISM ON THE REALITY OF THE PRESENT AND ITS RELATION TO THE PAST. THE FUTURE IS ATTACKED WITH A FATALISM, AN INDEFINITE TERM, "MANANA," WHICH EXPRESSES A REMOTENESS MISSING FROM "TOMORROW." HE LIVES AN IMPROVISED, SPONTANEOUS EXISTENCE. HE NEVER PUTS OFF FOR TOMORROW WHAT CAN BE ENJOYED ONLY TODAY. HE IS NOT LAZY, BUT HE WORKS ONLY ENOUGH TO SUPPORT HIS MEAGER NEEDS.
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