Del Toro and other talents Mexico let go

We have scientists, scholars, athletes, and artists who elevate our country at an international level but their success was achieved without the support of the government

From left to right, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alfonso Cuarón, & Guillermo del Toro – Photo: Luis Cortés/EL UNIVERSAL
English 24/01/2018 09:08 Mexico City Newspaper Leader by EL UNIVERSAL Actualizada 09:08
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One of the greatest virtues of our country is that we have talents which stand out in several areas of public life. We have scientists, scholars, athletes, and artists who elevate our country at an international level. It's worth mentioning, however, that most of them have managed to be successful through their hard work and without the support of the sociocultural mechanism or the government.

Guillermo del Toro, a Mexican filmmaker, is the latest example of this. He has a long trajectory in the cinema industry and has achieved international renown for his work. He can also add to his list of accomplishments that his latest film has just been nominated for 13 Oscars, granted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of the U.S. 

His case is similar to that of Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alfredo Quiñones Hinojosa, Alondra de la Parra, Carlos Frenk or Isaac Hernández, who had to leave Mexico to find the success they wouldn't be able to achieve here. Lack of infrastructure to develop their capabilities and, in recent years, insecurity,  have led these people to leave Mexico in order to settle in other countries where they are able to find opportunities and resources to develop their projects.

The crux of the matter is that talented Mexicans are fleeing from the insecurity and lack of opportunities in the country. We have people from all fields and areas who have left and so far we ignore the volume that these loses have caused to the productivity and development of our country. Yet there is no doubt that this talent drain is counter-productive for Mexico. While our country still benefits from having a demographic bonus, in which the economically active population is still larger than those economically dependent, thousands of young people do not have enough education or job opportunities to become talents capable of shinning at a national and international level.

Despite all this, those who stand out show the strength, courage, and determination that show the best of hundreds of Mexican people; they are proof that structural hurdles aren't necessary obstacles to success. This is not a general phenomenon, though. Those who don't have opportunities now are at risk of never developing their full potential. We need that the Government institutions and agencies to work on achieving the necessary conditions – including the most basic one: security – so every Mexican citizen has real possibilities of pursuing their individual goals for the benefit of the community. That is how everlasting achievements are earned.


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