They say that we do not know anything
That we are backwardness
That our head needs changing for a better one
They say that some learned men are saying this about us
These academics who reproduce themselves
In our own lives
What is there on the banks of these rivers, Doctor?
Take out your binoculars
And your spectacles
Look if you can.
Five hundred flowers
From five hundred different types of potato
Grow on the terraces
That your eyes don't reach
Those five hundred flowers
Are my brain
From: A call to certain academics by José María Arguedas, translated from the Quechua by William Rowe.