As I say these words, I want you to know that I come from the United States of America, a country that stretches from sea to shining sea, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The USA is indeed a magnificent country, but it isn’t Chile.
I’m sure there are many countries, all of them great, all of them wonderful. Nonetheless, Chile is the best when it is beauty that we speak of.
There are three things I narrow this down to. I know, there are many, many ways of determining beauty. Yes, you’re right, who says my way, is THE only way?
Nobody, but this is how I see a country, my country, my Chile, that stole my heart, that takes my breath away every single day, and gives me a feeling of absolute serenity that I have never encountered any other place on Earth.
What are those three things I speak of?
People, Diversity, Humility
First of all, you will notice I do not mention beauty, yet insist, nevertheless, that Chile is the most beautiful country in the world. So what definition of beauty am I working with? What is beauty, as it applies to a country, rather than a person?
Beauty is people, beauty is diversity, beauty is humility. These three I speak of, people, diversity, and humility.
People, yes, there’s been some pretty great people born in Chile. Yes, there’s been some pretty horrible people born in Chile. All countries, however, have good people and bad people, heroes and anti-heroes. Nonetheless, the Chilean people are collectively imbued with a sense of solidarity that is invisible, intangible, yet palpable.
For example, watch two Chileans greeting each other. If they are men, they come together, hug, and pound each other on the back, affectionately. They are saying to one another:
“You are my brother. Whether or not you deserve to be my brother, I still care for you, and in times of trouble, in times of adversity, you will never be alone. I will always be there for you.”
And the women? It’s the same thing, except they give each other a kiss on the cheek instead of pounding each other’s back. Within the kiss is the same depth of sincerity, a bond of sisterhood that transcends everything.
Now, it took me a while to really understand this, a long time actually. I just thought these customs were cool, just a different way of saying Hello. It is an astounding discovery one makes that this is an evolutionary, centuries old ritual that has its roots in some long-forgotten ancestral rituals.
Nowadays, it’s just DNA.
So, that’s people. Let’s move on and look at diversity. Obviously, we are talking about the country in a more Earthly, naturalistic way. Chile, in this sense, is easily the most diverse country ever created. There’s something of everything here.
From the driest desert in the world, the Atacama in the north of Chile to the coldest region in the world, the Antarctic in the south of Chile and in between the longest mountain chain in the world, the Andes, Chile simply has got it all.
I rest my case on diversity, there simply isn’t anything else I can say. Let’s move on to a surprising characteristic, humility. What makes a country humble?
It has been my experience that adversity makes both people and countries humble. Here, I mean the things that you can’t control, that bring you to your knees, that show you, in the end, that you’re only human, and not invincible.
Chile, as a country and as a people, have had more than its share of such events throughout its history. From wars to floods, from volcano eruptions to devastating earthquakes to deadly tsunamis, disaster continually, constantly strikes at the heart of this country.
Again and again, this country rises as one, to bury their dead, and to rebuild their dreams, and to take on new aspirations to meet the challenge of the hour. Chile constantly lives in that hour, one of cyclical birth and rebirth, requiring a resilience of the human spirit that is indomitable. Nothing, absolutely nothing, is enough to make the people of Chile surrender their claim to the majestic abundance of God’s gift to these people, my brothers and sisters.
You see, since Chile is so far away from the rest of the world, God decided to bring bits and pieces of the rest of the world – to Chile.
In this sense, leave no doubt in your mind, dear reader, that Chile is… the most beautiful country in the world!
Here is a link to a video for you to click. I invite you to watch the video you find on the page about the inherent beauty of Chile…
My dear friend(s), welcome to Chile…