Cuba and the End of ThingsApril 8, 2014 | Print |
HAVANA TIMES — All of us know that things in life have a beginning and an end. This holds for movies, soap operas, books, songs, night, day – everything.
Today, I sat down to think about all of the people I have met in the course of my life in one way or another, people who are no longer around – not because they’ve left the country (there’s plenty of those), but because they’re now pushing up daisies.
Thinking about this makes me sad, for I know one day I also won’t be around anymore. Though one knows dying is the most natural thing in the world, that one won’t live forever, nearly no one wants to die. The exceptions are often terminally ill people who look on death as a kind of final and glorious rest.
Nor do we take the death of a relative or a close friend very well. When this happens, one feels that things change and that nothing will ever be the same again. It is as though an emptiness settles inside you, so as to never leave you again.
I have thought about the end of things that surround me. I would very much like to wake up one day and see, with my own eyes, that things are different than they are now, that things have changed for the benefit of everyone.
In order to make my wishes come true in some form, I will close this post with a small list of things that I would like to see end immediately.
– So-called Cuban “socialism”
– Censorship in all areas
– The ration booklet
– El pollo por pescado Chicken rations, handed out in lieu of fish
– Opportunistic and talentless artists and writers
– The imprisonment of Angel Santiesteban
– The Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC)
– High prices at agricultural and livestock markets and hard-currency stores
– Low worker salaries
– Racism and homophobia
– Double standards
– Bad television shows
– The high prices of Cuba’s telephone company
– Lack of access to a fast and cheap Internet connection
– Wars and violence of every kind
– The US blockade
– Poor relations between the Cuban and US governments