Insert surname 3
Octavio Paz "Will for Form"
The reading starts with a clear description of Mexico. It is clearfrom the reading that Mexico is a land that is full of mountains andvalleys which extend to the western part of the United States and tothe other side in the south of Mexico. It is evident that themountains and the valleys are a reflection of how Mexico stands inbetween various countries and how civilizations have been formedthrough and inside Mexico (O`Neill and Octavio 6). The authorcompares life with form and states that this form is destroyed when aperson dies. In other words, the author argues that death isdestructive and that it destroys the form or the life. Thecivilization of America and Mexico is well discussed by the reading.It is interesting to ready the civilization of India and America, aswell as China in a poetic way. It is evident from the reading thatIndia has had great, philosophical, political and religious influenceon the civilization of the United States and other countries acrossthe world.
Reading the Will for form reflects a history of civilizationof the United States. It is evident from the reading that the authoris leaning towards the side of Mexico and he even claims that theancient America was in the middle of Mexico. The reading mainlyfocuses on Mesoamerican, people who are claimed to have come fromdifferent parts of the world and from different cultural andpolitical backgrounds. Mesoamericans re said to have been a unitedpeople despite their differences. It is clear from such facts in thereading that the aspect of diversity was imminent in ancient times(O`Neill and Octavio 16). People understood and appreciated thecultural differences of each and learnt how to live together inunity. This is an interesting fact to find out from the reading sinceduring such times there was no diversity and globalization and peopletended to unite based on color, tribe, race and other common traitsthat they shared.
The description given by the author of the reading regardingMesoamerican is a representation of other parts of the world. Thestarting of the Mesoamerican people as herders and later to farmersand traders resonates with numerous civilizations across the world.It is equally clear from the reading that there were superstitions inMexico (O`Neill and Octavio 29). This is evidently demonstrated bythe description of how Mexicans believe the world was formed. This istypical with ancient people who had little education and onlybelieved in superstitions for various happenings.
The reading is a vivid reflection of the process of civilization ofa part of America that was once in the middle of Mexico. Therefore,it is a fact that the author is describing the civilization ofMexico. Due to the geographical location of Mexico, it has been thecenter of civilization. There are various aspects that have beendescribed as having changed immensely with time and with the processof civilization (O`Neill and Octavio 24). The reading invokes thereflection of how technology has changed and how globalization hasbrought people more together than in ancient times. It is alsoessential to state that the land that the people of Mesoamericaoccupied before and during civilization seems to have been taken awayby the Americans from the Mexicans. This is a clear indication thatcivilization has both positive and negative effects.
O`Neill, John P, and Octavio Paz. Mexico: Splendors ofThirty Centuries Issued in Conjunction with theExhibition Held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oct. 10, 1990 -Jan. 13, 1991. New York: Metropolitan Museum ofArt, 1990. Print.