Some writers and artists who move in political circles, and the politicians themselves, have a small tendency to confuse a people, a nation, a society, with its leaders. These individuals, when they say Cuba, are almost never referring to those of us who live here, enduring and fighting day-to-day, trying on our own, to resolve the greatest variety of problems, from getting to and from work, putting food on our tables, finding an extra bread roll for our children so they can have a snack at school, even searching the neighborhood high and low for a roll of toilet paper.

Recently I read the comments of a famous Latin American writer, whom I shall not name out of respect, more than anything, for his age, where he said that people look at Cuba through a magnifying glass and so all its problems are magnified. In my humble opinion, I believe the opposite, that people look at Cuba through the reverse side of the magnifying glass, with the result that all its problems seem distant and intangible.

Obviously, committed to a party or an ideology, they seem to forget that in a healthy nation all parties, ideologies and creeds coexist and that absolutely everyone enjoys rights and responsibilities, without discrimination or exclusion based on race, creed or political participation. It seems to me, with all due respect, that the person who is isn’t paying attention is the author of these statements.

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