No “Lieblingswort” for more than a year. But recently I watched a video, summarizing the news from Chile that I followed for some weeks back then. This was not only a powerful video providing food for thought. It also gave me a word I would like to share with you via this blog: Cacerolazo.
Literally translated „cacerole“ means casserole. In Latin America, people bang on pots and pans to protest against governments – that’s what they call „Cacerolazo“. And seeing what goes on or goes wrong in many countries across the continent, I can understand the urge of protesting. Corruption, social inequality or the lack of support for a historic peace deal (in Colombia) are resulting in many protests, most of them are peaceful. With partly very violent reactions from police and military forces against the protests, can these governments claim to be democratic?
Growing up in Germany, banging on pots has a completely different meaning to children than Cacerolazo. It is a game known from birthday parties. A kid wearing a blindfold and equipped with a wooden spoon crawls around the floor. In banging the spoon, it tries to find an overturned pot, holding sweets or a small present. You can imagine a lot of fun being involved here.
Those different motivations for banging on pots do not only make me recognize how blessed we are, living in a free and democratic country. It also makes me wish we all could see the world through the eyes of a child. Being open-minded, seeking fun and happiness, and not taking ourselves too serious would make our world a better place.
Comparing our mostly smaller challenges with those from people in countries such as Colombia or Chile should not hold us back from wanting to change things. Even in countries like Germany there is a lot to improve. And we are blessed to live in a place where you can vote, protest and express your opinion with respect. Far away and not so far away from places where this is anything but granted.
„Lieblingswort“ definition: Cacerolazo is a form of protest, with people calling for attention in banging on pots and pans. A possible origin of this expression and movement could be the protests of housewives in Chile in the seventies, times of food shortage in the country.
Source „Lieblingswort“ definition: https://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/aktuelles-lexikon-cacerolazo-1.4699507