One of the greatest human
limitations besides our short life
span, is our self-centeredness.
We think first and often only from
And we act first and often only for
But mankind is not always like that.
When humanity is in its infancy and
childhood, we rely heavily on each
other for survival, everything is
Cooperation, selflessness and Good
Sameritanism are our first nature.
Doctrines like individualism, human
rights and personal liberty appear
much later in human history.
And are still imperfect theories, or in
many ways even adverse to the best
human interests overall, as attested
greed, selfishness, fierce competition,
inequality, polarization, monopolist
and fraudulent business practice, the
concentration of wealth in the hands
of a few, the spread of pornography
and violence, the influence of money
on politics, the destruction of the
environment, the alienation of
the disintegration of family,
homosexualism, and gun culture,
Mankind is still in its adolescence
too self-centric to understand the
relation between personal interests
and communal interests.
Perhaps the most important lessons
that tango teaches us are that we
are interdependent rather than
That our well-being is inseparable
from that of others,
That we cannot be happy unless all
That cooperation and sharing serves
us better than competition,
That human rights are the communal
rights of the mankind as a species,
not just personal rights,
And that self-discipline and self-
control are important attributes of
what make us human.
Tango tells the other side of the
It awakens the better part of the
humanity in us, I hope, and
suggests a way for us to live
together in peace and harmony
through cooperation, generosity in
spirit, loftiness of purpose, and
Wherever we go and dance, tango
always reminds us that love, despite
our many limitations, is what holds
us together as a couple, people,
nation, and species.