The trumpet echoes solemnly in front of the Palacio de La Moneda as President Gabriel Boric stands alone at the door, his face etched with a tragic expression. This moment, though rare, serves as a poignant reminder of the heavy burden that falls on imperfect and worldly leaders to guide the fate of their country.
Despite its own challenges, Chile has stood out among mediocrity and upheld its democratic and republican convictions. The recent state funeral for Sebastián Piñera was a solemn affair that highlighted the strength and fortitude of Chile’s leaders, revealing the very nature of the State.
In an oasis that once promised economic and material progress, citizens have struggled with inequality that grew much slower than income. However, despite these challenges, Chile has shown great resilience and commitment to upholding democracy.
It is our responsibility as voters to act responsibly and ensure that those put in positions of power are well-intentioned and responsible. We must be willing to silence noise when necessary and prevent extremities from dragging us into chaos. Only then can we continue to defend democracy despite its imperfections.