Tuesday, May 03, 2005

La Rosa Blanca

I have given much thought to the Castro's dicatorship. I just couldn't help wondering why? Why Castro? Why the pain and the heart break? Why the mass murders and betrayel by the revolution? Then I heard someone say to forget the past, forget the murders, and look at the world now.

Three words were replied to this person: forgetting is impossible.

To forget the past is to condemn the future.
To forget the past is to spit on all the innocent lives that are ruined by Castro's disception.
To forget the errors of the revolution is to promote and advance tyaranny throughout the world.

Yet, remembering this isn't enough. There is much more at stake. Something far more greater and difficult is to be learned from the situation in Cuba. This great lesson is hinted in Jose Marti's "Versos Sensillos."

Cultivo una rosa blanca
en junio como en enero
para el amigo sincero
que me da su mano franca

Y para el cruel que me arranca
el corazon con que vivo
cardo ni ortiga cultivo
cultivo una rosa blanca.

Though we must never forget, and bring to justice all to whom deserve it. We nevertheless must forgive. As a community of exiles and as those still oppressed on the island we must forgive the violence that was done to our families, our friends, and ourselves. We must stop being hateful to each other. We must stop the needless slander. Only then will we truly follow in the thoughts and ideals of Marti.

Three words we must take with us: forgiveness is possible.

As the late Mons. Masvidal put it: Forgiveness is the greatest lesson we can learn from this disaster.

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