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Un area de conflictos es un area de oportunidades para cambiar. (An area of conflict is an opportunity for change).
- Hugo Antonio Santiago, Oaxaca

We are all stupid, just on different subjects.
- Mark Twain

For you, the world is weird because if you're not bored with it you're at odds with it. For me the world is weird because it is stupendous, awesome, mysterious, unfathomable; my interest has been to convince you that you must assume responsibility for being here in this marvelous time.
- Don Juan talking to Carlos Castaneda

Look and you will find. Find you will define.
- Ziggy Marley, Dragonfly

The earth is a satellite of the moon.
- Leonel Rugama

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view.
- H. Fred Ale

When you see the world as lover, every being, every phenomenon, can become - if you have a clever, appreciative eye - an expression of that ongoing, erotic impulse.
- Joanna Macy, World as Lover

A lot of tourists have a consumer attitude -- what can I get, instead of what can I learn. We have to put aside our own cultural biases and learn as much as possible from the people we visit. I find that if you stay long enough, learn the language, you get a sense of who locals are as people.
- Clay Hubbs, publisher of Transitions Abroad, quoted in Rethinking Tourism

Scorekeeper wins.
- Conversation

It's a matter of perspective. We're the ones that frown at e-mail compared to wikis. The e-mailerers ARE happy to be e-mailing - their reality is completely different than ours.- Steve Gutenberg, Wiki collaboration leads to happiness

You have visitors in your house, not tourists nor travelers.
- Conversation with tourism official

And in that moment we all thought of the space that her round arms would occupy moving backward and forward over the great mound of flour and eggs ... while her arms kneaded and kneaded, white and shiny with oil up to the elbows, and we thought of the space the flour would occupy and the wheat for the flour and the fields to raise the wheat and the mountains from which the water would flow to irrigate the fields ... of the space it would take for the Sun to arrive with its rays, to ripen the wheat; of the space for the Sun to condense from the clouds of stellar gases and burn; of the quantities of stars and galaxies and galactic masses in flight through space which would be needed to hold suspended every galaxy, every nebula, every sun, every planet, and at the same time we thought of it, this space was inevitably being formed, at the same time that Mrs. Pavacini was uttering those words: "... ah, what pasta, boys!" the point that contained her and all of us was expanding in a halo of distance in light years and light centuries and billions of light millennia and we were being hurled to the four corners of the universe ... and she dissolved into I don't know what kind of energy-light-heat, she, Mrs. Pavacini, she who in the midst of our closed, petty world had been capable of a generous impulse, "Boys, the pasta I could make for you!" a true outburst of general love, initiating at the same time the concept of space and, properly speaking, space itself, and time, and universal gravitation, and the gravitating universe, making possible billions and billions of suns, and planets, and fields of wheat, and Mrs. Pavacinis scattered through the continents of the planets, kneading with floury, oil-shiny, generous arms and she lost at that very moment, and we, mourning her loss.
- Italo Calvino, Cosmicomics (quoted in Joanna Macy's World as Lover)

When I see a drive towards certification it indicates to me that our leadership is at best, somewhat disconnected from our clientele and the realities faced by the average ecotourism operator. It's most certainly in contradiction to what our clientele have taught us over the last decade.
- Tour operator, Belize

So let's leave it alone 'cause we can't see eye to eye. There ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy, there's only you and me and we just disagree.
- Dave Manson

Little round planet in a big universe
Sometimes it looks blessed,
sometimes it looks cursed
Depends on what you look at obviously
But even more it depends on the way that you see
- Bruce Cockburn, Child of the Wind

Don't take it as a negative. Take it as a positive.
- Conversation.


b Neutral point of view - Wikinews


g What is the value of attention?

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