By Virgilio Toledo
Most people think about what they have done at the end of a year, prepare a Christmas Eve supper, give presents to their relatives and set new goals for the coming year. Most Cubans are overwhelmed by uncertainty and fear because they have nothing to “put in the pot” or if they are asked what their plans are for 2010 the most common answers are: none, to leave the country, to try to survive or “to keep struggling”.
One can breath, feel and suffer the fear faced with the difficult present and the uncertain future because we do not know where we are going, because we only receive pessimistic messages from the present administration telling us that the only way is to plan and economize more even when they also admit that this will not be enough. You can imagine the frustration!
And to make things worse, “the pressure rises inside the pressure cooker”, “the people can not take it any longer”; every day there are more demonstrations of disagreement, of protest, demanding responsibility from a power that has always pretended to have everything under control and to be able to solve everything without managing to do so and so it responds threatening, suppressing from fear that people might take the way of civic adulthood.
In front of so much uncertainty and fear one must establish new projects, one must look for new ways to rebuild the civic-mindedness and ensure the restoration of our society, as well as putting into action the full potential of the Cuban, which are not a few.
Cuba is in a crisis in many senses. To overcome this crisis, it is not enough to plan, economize and control. I, as a citizen make three suggestions to reverse the present situation of the country:
1. To allow the private property, small and medium size businesses.
2. To allow freedom of expression, association, travel and access to information.
3. To keep the education reforms, but gradually make it less ideological; private education should be allowed and the students should be able to make use of scholarships to study inside and outside Cuba.
4. To encourage in a real way, by means of subsidies, agricultural production.
I went too far. I said three and it turned out to be four suggestions; recommend your own as a Cuban and work for them. I believe that if we do so, we would be helping to eliminate, faster than we believe, the uncertainty and the fear that rule our society today.
Virgilio Toledo López (Pinar del Rio, 1966)
Electronic engineer, member of the Editorial Board and founder of the journal Convivencia