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The Importance of Competition and the lack of it in Cuba

In order for a nation or country to survive, strive and prosper, its society must be equipped with the ability to compete. It must be able to compete within its own territories, domestically and then be able to expand and compete externally, in the international arena. The country of Cuba has been forgotten as a national institution and as a global influence. The absence of competition is the main reason why. Analyzing the concept of competition in a logical manner, would be the best option or route to take in order to explain and prove it.

Definition of Competition:

1. The act of competing; rivalry for supremacy, a prize.

2. A contest for some prize, honor, or advantage.

3. (Sociology) Rivalry between two or more persons or groups for an object desired in common, usually resulting in a victor and a loser but not necessarily involving the destruction of the latter.

For starters, Ambition and Inventive freedom must be present. Ambition and Inventive freedom, combined together create a strong and sturdy foundation needed for an individual to successfully thrive and survive independently. Ambition is the “Want”, the inner power to excel and improve one’s self. Ambition is sacrifice, hard work and determination. Without this necessity, a human being would be defeated before even beginning. If ambition exists though and this Spirit of Competition is present, then inventive freedom will guide and assist the individual towards a positive conclusion. But we must have these freedoms available in arms reach and with no restrictions. We must have the freedom to plan, to research, to test, to correct, to disagree, to debate, to question, to contradict, to argue, to counteract, to agree upon, to demand, to …..and so on. Without these inventive freedoms and many more, which you are more than welcomed to add; competition would be critically handicapped and non-existent.

Now if you are allowed the ambition and the inventive freedom is ever present, then you must have a goal in mine already. A goal is the reason “why.”, a “prize.” It’s exactly what one is trying to acquire and is considered successful. A goal can be classified more as a personal state of satisfaction, a certain endpoint where you complete and finish you task.  Satisfaction is totally accomplished. When competition is present and two individuals are trying accomplish the same goal then there would be a winner and a loser. When it is group of individuals competing then there will be a group of losers and a group of winners. When the competition transpires and in a true legitimate nature, then all involved it would be rewarded and in a uniform manner. Everyone will always benefit, including the losers.

If you have a country whose society consists of citizens who are always competing with each other, fairly and in an organized manner, then the quality of life will increase, this is the purpose behind it all. For this reason, the United States has been so successful in the past. But not in the present, there’s simply not enough competition out there or maybe there’s nothing to compete for. The freedom to compete exists and is still alive in America but there is ambition anymore because the lack of determination and hard work are at an all-time high.

There are two other very important factors that are actually coupled together to work in unison and they are reward and recognition. Reward is yet another reason “why” we compete. Reward is important in order for it to be worthwhile. There must be some significant and real satisfaction present so that individuals would involve themselves in the first place, it is only logical. Recognition is the driving force behind reward, you must be recognized for your achievements, and you must receive credit for all the hard work, why not?

This is my raw definition concerning the concept of competition and the most logical approach that I could use to simplify it. But all I mentioned above cannot possibly be achieved when your individuality is taken away from you.

Definition of Individuality:

1. The particular character, or aggregate of qualities, that distinguishes one person or thing from others; sole and personal nature: a person of marked individuality.

2. Individualities, individual characteristics.

3. A person or thing of individual or distinctive character.

4. State or quality of being individual; existence as a distinct individual.

5. The interests of the individual as distinguished from the interests of the community.

The citizens of Cuba have no particular or distinctive character, they are all worthless slaves! They have no individual qualities, they are not allowed to! They will never be distinguishable, just extinguishable. They have no freedom of speech; no freedom of choice; no freedom to own anything. They have no personal goals; no future aspirations and no dreams of grandeur! Cubans in Cuba are poor, hungry and have been totally forgotten. This Fidelist-Marxist regime in place, with their contradictory ideals of creating the perfect community based society combined with their totalitarian daily intervention of everybody’s business, is the reason why. It is inhumane and criminal, that now, in its 50th year, the citizens of Cuba are considered to be totally unproductive and basically, useless droids, this is in accordance to World opinion! The Cubans in Cuba are simply considered, humanitarian slaves for hire and reliable tourist servants. Cuba is a third world country, nothing else.

In Cuba, nobody wants to compete because they aren’t ambitious. Why? Because there is no inventive freedom and no goals either! Why should they compete, when they will not be recognized or rewarded? Why should anyone blame the Cuban people, they have no opportunity to improve themselves. Well, except when they get the oportunity to escape the island. Why would anyone want to break their backs by way of hard work, when there is no self-satisfaction; no self-significant improvement achieved; nothing physical to show for it and no sign of any prosperous future in sight? Communism doesn’t work and never will, no matter how much effort is spent on indoctrination and how much overabundance of propaganda is forced on its citizens. Although the main goal of a Communist system is to work together as a nation and build a better future for all, it always works against the people who are subject to it. It will always fall on its face because there’s no individuality allowed and nothing to show for afterwards. So why compete then, when nothing will ever belong to you?

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