Look around this City we all claim to be the best. Take a look at the art on UNM Campus; take a look at the galleries and notice the art on the walls; take a trip to the museums, open spaces, parks; Open the papers and realize that there are very few reminders that tomorrow, December 1, is World AIDS Day.
It's called World AIDS Day-A day without art. It is supposed to be a day that is marked by art that has been covered or shrouded in commemoration of all the artists world wide who have died from AIDS related causes. Last year and the year before, I didn't see any shrouded art anywhere. A consistent reminder that people would like to think that AIDS is gone because there are drugs effective at battling this disease.
This year I hope to see more shrouded art; reminders that AIDS is still here and it's not just an HIV disease. I'm sure NMAS and other ASO's would like me to just shut up, but Aquired Immune Disease Syndrome can be caused by: some one in the advanced stages of Diabetes, Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chemotherapy, Cancer and other dis-eases that cause the immune system to weaken.
With that concept in mind we ALL know of someone who has had AIDS. We all have been affected by the power, or lack there of, of disease to change our lives ; Open our minds to compassion, humility and service to our fellow human beings. Tomorrow and every year on December 1, more than Christmas, Hanukka and Kwanzaa combined, we should look upon our neighbors with compasssion and realize the suffering they or someone they know suffers in ways we can only imagine.