Young people in Cuba have many questions for which they cannot find answers and in fact, because of disinformation, other questions arise that will never be answered, at least not officially. A book can be written about the “Whys?,” but just a few examples are enough to demonstrate the cultural vacuum and the complete control that rules over the young and not so young in Cuba.
Why is it in my neighborhood there are gossipers that dedicate themselves to keeping watch and meddling in the lives of others and are hailed and rewarded for doing so?
Why is it in my neighborhood there are so many people who do not work but are connected to a labor union?
Why is it said that gambling and prostitution is prohibited in Cuba and yet in my neighborhood, many of the people gamble and young female prostitutes, homosexual prostitutes, and pimps abound?
Why is it that every month several buildings in Havana collapse without there being a hurricane or torrential rains?
Why is it that Mr. Taladrid has a television program whose slogan is “draw your own conclusions” and then spends the majority of the program trying to avoid it?
Why is it they say that Cuba is a democratic nation and more than 50 years have passed since the people have been able to elect their government?
Why is it that someone so uncharismatic as Raul Castro, who would never be elected even as dog catcher in a free country, is the president of the nation?
What is the reason and under what authority did the satrap Fidel Castro designate his brother as president?
Why is it that the people are prohibited from accessing radio and television, internet, and all matter of foreign press?
Why can’t the owner of a cow do whatever he pleases with it?
Why is it that if the regime failed in the administration of agriculture and had to turn land over to the peasants, it only leases it to them so they can take it away later?
Why is it that a Cuban citizen can be declared an illegal alien within his own country?
Why is it that the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which Cuba is not only a signatory but an administrator as well, is not complied with on the island?
Why is it that workers are paid in a useless currency and another currency exists that equals only $17 a month on average and can only be used to obtain just the most urgent necessities?
Why is it that in Cuba, sugarcane is almost an exotic plant and barely any sugar is produced, while marabú (a weed) thrives in the fields?
Why is it that the country has to import $1.7 billion in food, much of which could be produced here, such as milk, rice, and coffee?
Why is it that Cuban journalists can write meticulous analyses of international issues and yet are incapable of writing about the most minuscule difficulties that occur in Cuba?
Why is it that Cuban children have to be like el Che and not like Maceo, Martí, or Agramonte?
Why is it that Cuban prisons are overflowing with young people and most of all, blacks?
Why is it that the Cuban press delights in the protests of the “indignant” in various parts of the world while the most minor exhibition of nonconformity in the country is penalized?
Why is it that the country’s State Security officials have incredible power, beating and imprisoning peaceful opposition members?
Why is it that the young people are not interested in starting families?
Why is it that women in their child-bearing years are not interested in having kids?
Why is it that the majority of young people only think about leaving the country and many of them swear they would never return, even to visit?
The list of questions is endless and an exhaustive analysis would fill various volumes, but you only need one question to summarize all of them:
Why is it that Cubans are such gluttons for punishment?