Our Templo Mayor
At Grupo Salinas, we are very concerned about and busy improving education in Mexico. We are aware of the very serious problems facing basic education in our country, and we must all contribute our grain of salt to improve its quality. The political class tells us that the country is spending more and more, but what we would all like to see are more and better results.
Yesterday, the government and the private sector achieved a concrete result together. We unveiled eight interactive screens that Grupo Modelo and Grupo Salinas donated to the Templo Mayor Museum.
These screens combine history, science and technology to increase the dissemination of and access to our heritage and culture. I firmly believe that seeing and visiting important sites of the past and interacting with our history —not memorizing it, but experiencing it— are part of the road toward the education of the future that will achieve true learning. Knowledge should not be boring: quite to the contrary.
My own experience was definitely enriching. The Templo Mayor Museum is a very special place that reaffirms our pride as Mexicans. I must confess that I had not visited it in some time and I enjoyed going with my son Ricardo, who was fascinated. It really is an imposing place worth seeing.
It was seven in the afternoon; it had just rained and the sky was beginning to clear up. I entered from the Zócalo Square and the National Palace was all lit up; the Cathedral was clean —only one of its bell towers still had scaffolding around it— and the city’s central plaza was free of demonstrators, garbage and street merchants. In the background, the sound of a few Mexica dancers completed the scene. It was absolutely majestic.
The museum entrance framed by the archaeological site: flagstones with their own history, smelling of wet rock, and finally, inside the building itself, the following inscription from Cantares Mexicanos on the wall:
Proud of herself,
Mexico City-Tenochtitlan rises.
Here, no one fears death in war.
That is our glory.
That is your mandate.
Oh, giver of life!
Be aware, oh princes,
Do not forget.
Who will be able to lay siege to Tenochtitlan?
Who will move the foundations of the sky?
With our arrows, with our shields,
The city continues to exist.
Mexico — Tenochtitlan survives!
Thinking about the inscription, it is clear to me that we are responsible for always maintaining its meaning current. Our country and our city, despite their innumerable problems, are beautiful, a magnificent legacy of history and a proposal for the future that, with everyone’s work, is being built every day.
In this era, our fight is to make sure Mexico moves forward, to work with our hands (arrows) and minds (shields) giving our all. That is our mandate as Mexicans.