I heard this phrase in a film from Cuba. A woman’s voice that synthesized the feelings of many others, all of them, fed up with a cocktail that lasts 63 years, in which only repression and misery are mixed. Expression that reflects, in my modest opinion, the probability of very bloody and painful days that must lead to a new homeland where there are no executioners or victimizers.
That was one of the voices I heard on the networks this week. A comment that only occurs in a frightened society like the Cuban one. Where terror prevails, people self-censor and try to ensure that their loved ones do not break the cycle of fear due to the damage that may be caused to them.
Another heartbreaking testimony that I had the opportunity to see was that of a mother of three children who denounces the precarious situation she faces with her family. A conclusive and irrefutable evidence of the failure of Castro’s totalitarianism, in addition, of showing the useless sacrifice of large segments of several generations of Cubans to work in favor of a project that has devastated the Island and many of the values of its citizenship.
Castroism in any of its derivatives, Venezuelan, Nicaraguan, Bolivian and possibly a Colombian if Gustavo Petro reaches the government, only leads to failure and frustration. It is an inefficient proposal in all its expressions, except for its undeniable ability to impose strict social control based on repression and disinformation.
The youth should consider with great deliberation miraculous political proposals. It is true that very bad practices can be seen in politics that must be eradicated, but they should not be a reason to blindly believe in an enlightened man who only assures that he will change everything to build a bright future. You have to educate yourself, know the past and learn that “my rights end where those of others begin”.
The example of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua should serve as a model for the new generations who hope to “conquer the sky” without understanding that a comfortable life within justice is only achieved with work, the rest remains to be seen.
A notable majority of Cubans embraced their Messiah and repudiated whatever denied him. In that hubbub of unbridled hysteria, as the historian and journalist Enrique Encinosa described it, representatives of all generations closed their eyes and offered to hunt down those who dissented, they were the ones who helped destroy the country; leading to the emerging generations, to the degree of desperation that this mother shows when she accuses the government, aware of the reprisals that she may suffer, of being inept, corrupt and complacent with everything wrongly done.
It is true that it has been the Castro leadership and all its officials, including the police and military, who have supported the disgraceful regime for more than six decades, but they have also contributed to its support and the formation of the colonies of Venezuela and Nicaragua, who have lent their skills and talents to divulge and convince the so-called silent majority of the fairness and profit of the totalitarian work.
A totalitarian regime does not allow fiefdoms, only those who oppose it are relatively free of its mandates, however, the rest of the citizenry must behave as the authorities dictate, which motivates a very high level of complicity and an understanding of fear that transcends the individuality of the person, a syndrome of helplessness that transforms the citizen into a pack without will, but that reaches a moment of rupture as happened with this mother, who asks to be arrested and urges the rest of the island’s mothers to unite, to demand once and for all respect for their rights and a dignified life.
This anguished mother calls the regime a liar when she exposes one of its fundamental falsehoods by proclaiming that “Goods belong to the people.” We all heard and read, repeated ad nauseam, “this is from the people”, and we must have courage to deny it as this lady who is suffering numerous reprisals and abuse from the authorities has done. It only remains to trust that more mothers will join, the citizenship to her claim to reach a country, “with everyone and for the good of all”.
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