Earlier this evening Lisa sent me a link to this music video and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve spent so much time in Argentina, yet have never come across it until now. After repeated listens I was curious to get a South American’s perspective on the song’s meaning. Keep in mind that in Argentina there exists a multitude of experiences depending on where one is born, as outside of Buenos Aires, poverty is very real, and hardship a way of life.
Here is what I gathered from my conversation with an Argentine friend:
Many Argentine people work long hours, and make little money; their fridges may be empty but that would never deter them from welcoming a stranger into their home with open arms and treating him or her like family. The warmth displayed by South Americans is quite unique, and their hearts are as expansive as their diverse and wide geography.
By living in Buenos Aires I have begun to value how important living in the moment is, but it goes further than that. A South American hopes. They hope that one day they will see a better day. They hope that one day they will find comfort and escape economic volatility. They hope for equality.
Compared to North American standards, an Argentine, from my experiences, will feed you before he feeds himself. Thanks to living in Argentina I have learned what love really is.
Despite the hardships in South America, there is hope, but most importantly, there is so much kindness.