Source: Santiago Arde
I pondered what might be the best tribute to Fidel, three years after not being physically with us, and I am sure that “being continuity” is the answer.
Of course, it is not a word without content or repeated without feeling. It is the conviction of the great majority of Cubans, to continue «at the foot of the canyon» and know how to use it and defend it in the present, to sow a future as the Commander conceived it and dedicated his life to building it.
These two words have a very large dimension. It is to be an example, to be ethical, firm, to carry that phrase from Martí that “doing is the best way to say.”
The work conceived and undertaken by Fidel is a colossal feat, of committed men and women, inclusive and nourished by the feedback of every citizen, every place in the country, every opinion, every complaint.
It is a work to not be afraid to perfect it and strength to lift it to its maximum creation.
It is not about justifying the mistakes that are still made, nor the imperfections of human beings. Neither of regrets and lacerating phrases when we are wrong.
The Revolution is a permanent task and what has been done must represent the guidance and the conviction of how much we have left to do.
And it is precisely in this continuity that there is the guarantee that the legacy left by Fidel will be fulfilled.
As President Miguel Díaz-Canel has expressed, continuity is the commitment of young people who are now traveling along the path already cleared by previous generations.
We have been privileged with the teachings of Fidel and the other members of the historical generation. Many of them, with their example and their determination, still occupy the vanguard in the contingent of millions of Cubans.
It is up to the youth to carry on their shoulders, with facts, the conduct of the work, polish their imperfections and change everything that has to be changed, as Fidel left us in his concept of Revolution.
Today’s enemy – make no mistake – is the same one that blocks the country in order to suffocate the population. The one who organized and financed the mercenary invasion by Playa Girón.
But it is not invincible. Precisely in Girón our town, always with Fidel in front, crushed the invasion in less than 72 hours. It was the first major defeat of US imperialism in Latin America.
It is the enemy that does not get used to having men and women capable of resisting and defeating, of not giving up, and of not giving in even a tantico, before the arrogant pretensions of the empire.
The word continuity, now with a higher dimension, we must assume when Fidel is no longer physically. We must feel that from the heart of that stone taken to Santiago de Cuba from the Sierra Maestra itself, the Commander encourages us, drives us, checks us, encourages us and guides us.
However difficult current times are, they are not contemplations or “flirting” with those who want to destroy us. These are moments of confronting, with all the truth and strength, those who try to confuse and weaken us.
Every problem, of the many we have, must have an answer. Each difficulty must be assumed with “the ear at ground level” of those who have the responsibility – each in its place – to continue channeling and perfecting the great work.
If we are continuity, we are honoring Fidel. And, I am sure, the Commander will be happy when a generation of reinforcement, of committed young people and revolutionaries, complies with giving continuity to the work he devised and raised with his genius, his ethics and his example.
If today’s youth is continuity and complies, Fidel feels secure, in whatever dimension, that no one can destroy the Revolution, conceived for the present and even better for the future.