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Miguel Arias Sánchez: I was born in Regla in 1949. That’s where I went to elementary and high school. Afterwards I took courses to be a teacher and did that for several years. I did my military service and as soon as I got out I studied formally to be a teacher graduating at the University of Havana. I taught in classrooms for nearly 20 years. I had the opportunity to travel and see another reality. I returned and am currently doing different self-employed activities.

Cuba Suffers a Loss of Values

December 6, 2016 | Print Print |

Miguel Arias Sanchez

Photo: Andres Abel Iglesias

Photo: Andres Abel Iglesias

HAVANA TIMES — Everyone has values and flaws, like all human beings do after all.  However, when values are well-grounded in somebody, they are never lost.

The result of multiple causes, many values have been lost in our society which infringe upon our unity and progress, especially when money is involved. There are many anecdotes that exemplify this within families, friends or even work colleagues.

Julio Iglesias once said in a famous song that one only has so many true friends, that many will flatter you when you’re doing well, but if you come on hard times…

We see this happen on a daily basis, especially with those who are abroad and send money home to their families, the famous remittances. While you send money, they can only sing your praises, you’re great, and you’re the best…

But, if because of X or Y, you can’t send this money or you begin to send less, then you will fall off your pedestal, it doesn’t matter whether you are a father, a brother or anybody else. You’ll never be considered the same.

If by chance you fall into ruin, most people will distance themselves from you little by little until they push you aside as if you were the plague itself, because according to these people, you’re only worth as much as you have and only those people who have firm and truly human values will stay.

The latter are the ones who really count, those who don’t change or sell their principles for a few coins or for a bit of cheap junk, those who have always stood by you and were the same. The others aren’t even worth mentioning or remembering, not even to be judged. They are only worthy of our deepest sense of pity and our absolute contempt.


What's your opinion?

  • emagicmtman

    The process of choosing our real friends is not easy. When young, we often lack enough discrimination and experience. We are bamboozled by flash and wit and charm. Gradually, through an annealing process, we learn who are our true friends. The process has something to do with our own values and those of the friends we choose (or who choose us). Only trouble is that eventually this circle of friends begins contracting; one-by-one their names have to be “xed” out of our address books; they have gone to the place where mail is no longer delivered, where e-mails always bounce back! Then, I guess, it is time to acquire new friends, perhaps friends–but do we have anything in common? Of course! Our common humanity. Our shared values. Our aspirations. Our appreciation of Truth and Beauty. Our love of Revolution.

  • Carlyle MacDuff

    So emagicmtman where are you able to express your views in writing? Camilo was at odds with Che, Raul and Fidel in turning the success of the revolution into a communist state, he and his revolutionary friend Huber Matos – another non-communist supporter were dealt with by Camilo disappearing and Matos along with 38 others, getting jailed for 20 years. Only the communist members of the “Class of’59′” were left!
    A revolution in Cuba was necessary against Batista, but it was not necessary to introduce communism and a repressive dictatorship and as has been amply demonstrated, certainly not beneficial for the people of Cuba.