Ximena Dávila


Living is spontaneous. We find our- selves living when we ask ourselves what living is and how we live our living alone and with others. The operational and re- lational domain in which we realize our living alone and with others is our niche. As organisms, we realize in our living in- terlaced with our niche the dynamic organ- ism-niche unity in which occurs all that we do as persons (human individuals) with other persons that are in fact part of our niche while we are part of theirs.

We human beings are born as loving beings (Davila 2006) with an anatomy and a physiology that entails the implicit trust that we will be received in a human domain that will care for and protect us. Sometimes the cultural ambiance that receives us does not care for us with ten- derness and betrays us with abuse and de- mands that deny us love. We might then submerge into the cultural pain and suf- fering of the self-depreciation and lack of self-respect of feeling not loved because we cannot satisfy social demands that we be- lieve to be legitimate.

The reflections that I present in this essay happen in the domain of our living as persons that can be conscious of what they do in the organism-niche unity that they in- tegrate with other persons with whom they can reflect, observe, and explain their living, alone and together. We human beings live as persons that can generate beautiful cul- tural worlds of well-being in the domain of love, or ugly cultural worlds that give rise to the relational pains of self-depreciation that arise when they live in the denial of love. In the course of these reflections I have asked myself about what life is, what living is, and what it is to live, In this process I have learned the art of reflecting on my reflecting as well as the art of listening to my own re-flecting, particularly when I ask myself such basic questions as: How do we do what we do as living human beings and as persons? How is it that although we live a culture that gives rise to conversations that gener- ates pain, we can also generate conversations through which we come out of it?

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