waiting room | Polarization … Cuban – El Sol de México

Since last Sunday, all the opinion makers in traditional media and social networks have been experts in Cuba, as they were before on the issue of fashion today. This does not mean that there are no real experts in Mexico for the Cuban political system and living conditions in that country.

It does not mean that you cannot comment on Cuba or any other news topic if you are not an expert. The recommendation is very simple: go to those who know the topic, with up-to-date information, so their opinions (and not the information, even if they use it) will be better supported, amid the distortions caused by social polarization, especially among those (both). Parties) who have never lived in Cuba.

This polarization, as required here in Mexico, is fueled by “a long coexistence with economic misery (which), as it often happens, has generated concrete human and moral tragedies, and is certainly more difficult to overcome than material shortcomings,” as it reads in Como dust en el viento” by Cuban writer Leonardo Padura, a heartbreaking dramatic novel, as well as joy and happiness in the material, cultural, and spiritual lives of Cubans in their lands and in exile as well. Even worse, as one of his characters asks: “Where are the boundaries drawn between the worthy and the undeserved?”

In an interview with the BBC six months ago, after the publication of that novel, Padura said: “There are many extremist and fundamentalist attacks on one side and the other. The Cuban issue has become very polarized between those living abroad and at home. This polarization may serve Certain interests or areas of authority, but most Cubans are influenced by it, as well as those who live outside Cuba but keep their families inside and do not hate their country.”

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Padura, who was born five years after the victory of Fidel Castro’s ascension to government, and decided to remain in Cuba despite holding a Spanish passport, although unlike his international fame in his country, he is a writer “limited” by the state: without promotion, no Offers, no media appearances. “All the reasons for leaving Cuba are valid and all the reasons for staying are also valid. It is important to understand which of the reasons others have,” he said in that interview.

No one would think of accusing Padura of being a counter-revolutionary. Nobody from the progandista of the system. He is a writer committed to his time and reality. His novels, including the famous “The Man Who Loved Dogs”, are a mirror of everyday life arising from a failed system which two days earlier faced the greatest popular challenge… After 60 years, in which we have never been able to choose, they have been robbed of the right to make mistakes”, As another of his characters told Detective Mario Conde in “Time Transparency”.

Yes, it is absurd to recommend that in order to understand Cuban everyday life, the cause of the current political crisis, it is necessary to read the padura quickly and less in a country like this one where it is not read, but perhaps you can and would like to watch “The Four Seasons of Havana”, and listen to Netflix.

The unsatisfactory daily life of the Cubans in their lands is not a product of the “Yankee Siege”, which dozens of countries, including Mexico, Spain, Canada and many Europeans, broke for a long time; It is the result of a historically failed system and 60 years of bad government.

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