Unthinking Majority wrote:@QatzelOk has a point about community and human interaction. However, when I was a child everyone on my street had a car but they all also had children, and our families all interacted with each other, mainly because all the kids wanted to play with each other.
So maybe the issue is also that people don't have many or any children anymore to bring people together for interactions.
UM, Cuban culture is warm and communal and family oriented. It is very gregarious in general. It is African influenced and also Spanish and has an Indigenous part as well. Latin America has those three different cultures mixing for centuries. Indian, African and European.
Cuba is not an exception to that rule.
Cubans are not slaves at all. They are educated people. Very few Cubans are illiterate for example. The vast majority read and write well and have at least 12 years of schooling. That is not common in many nations of South America and Central America. I have met and interacted with a lot of Cubans over my lifetime. The ones that lived in Miami, the ones who lived in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the ones who lived in Mexico here in Mérida, Yucatán too. The big issue for them is they want to have a middle class life. A nice house, a new car, a job that pays them well, and ambitions of travel and position. That is a very hard thing to find in Cuba. Most consumer goods are highly restricted and sold in dollar stores and so on.
A typical Cuban is a person who reads and writes a lot, and who knows their math, science, and social studies, history and can be either rural or urban. They are used to not consuming much. They are used to long lines for coffee, or sugar, or bread or chicken or beans or rice, or something. They are well developed musicians, or intellectuals, scientists, or artists, or whatever passion they have in life to pursue. But, they can be waiters or taxi drivers and they have advanced degrees in biology or in economics.
Again, they do not consume. They do not get to go to a big box store and pile things up in the car and go and consume at home. They live with the bare minimum and always have to get creative to live.
So, they are well developed individuals with NO MONEY, NO ABILITY TO BUY A DAMN THING. They are also used to living with many other people, socializing a lot, and going to sports events, cultural events and giving their opinions on different subjects. They avoid dealing with the government.
Cuba is very safe. There are no mass gang shootings over drug dealing traffic points in Cuba. No one I know from Cuba says to me, the drug kingpins are having shootouts in the street and hanging their victims from bridges, like it happens in bordertowns in Mexico. Stealing from tourists and or kidnapping people for ransome is something that does not happen in Cuba either.
People do not have new cars and traffic jams are non existent with cars like Q posted. That generally does not happen in Cuba either.
What do people want to change in Cuba. They want the young people to be able to practice their chosen professions without having to kiss ass to some Pro Revolution committee, criticize the government without being worried about being tagged as subversives, and having freedom to read, write and express themselves openly without any worry about being challenged by the government representatives.
They want to make enough money to buy new furniture, and have normal trade relationships with the rest of the world. They want access to credit to build small businesses and to be able to travel internationally without worrying about how to pay for it.
They want development that is sustainable. They want better medical facilities and supplies. They want to be allowed to trade openly with the entire world. In agriculture they want to be able to have modern but sustainable and efficient distribution of the food produced in Cuba.
Culturally they are doing well. The music, dance, literature, and art of Cuba travels well in South America, Central America, Spain, Italy, France, etc.
They want to see Cuba being able to give all those educated Cubans who do not have crazy violent crime and crazy desperate begging and gig jobs as you see in Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, etc. a way of living a middle-class life.
They want a middle-class life as they see in the movies from the USA and Canada that is sold to them as the normal life of people of the USA and Canada.
Rarely do they understand that often not even in the USA or Canada people who are born and raised in the USA and Canada get a middle class life. There are a lot of people who do not own their own home, and who are not given automobile loans to buy a car or lease a car due to not enough credit.
Mexico has a lot of stores of all sorts, Coppel from Canada, Sears, El Palacio de Hierro, Liverpool, Costco, Walmart, Sam's Club, etc. Many Mexicans can't buy shit either because their wages are low and you can only pay basic expenses and nothing left for consumption.
Life is not a bed of roses in Latin America financially. But each nation is unique and has certain problems what has to do with their history, their economic structures and policies, and their international relationships and how they are treated by the international financial institutions and the USA and the EU and Russia and the PRC too.
Low wages and bad economic situations leads to masses of immigration from Latin America to Canada and to the USA. If you do not want that kind of mass immigration the logical thing is to make sure the other nations in Latin America have the best shot possible at creating good paying jobs and stable communities that can give a middle class life to a good chunk of those populations.
Cuba has a lot of literacy and a lot of people reading books and writing and doing art and doing stuff. They are not a society with high illiteracy and huge groups of people who are living hand to mouth with armies of beggars. That is not Cuba.
Each society needs to deal with the salient issues it goes through every single day of their nationally shared experiences by their own citizens and prescribe solutions according to those contexts.
But, YOU saying Unthinking Majority that the Cubans are slaves or some derogatory thing? It is not true.
The Cubans love deeply and they are very human and warm people. They listen. They are people who have suffered and who struggle for their existence every day. Like many others in Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala, Chile, Venezuela, El Salvador, etc.
There are many people who have so many great things in common. Yet, a small group of very unethical and greedy people use politics to stop progress for others. In mutual cooperation and mutual working together without any kind of need to step on the other cultures and nations dignity and respect....anything that is wonderfully improving can be achieved.
It starts with humanizing the other group of people. Because they are human. They deserve again universal human rights.