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Citizen Culture and Civics / Fernando Damaso
Posted on July 12, 2013

It is good that the , although not part of his core
responsibilities and somewhat belatedly, has spoken publicly about the
loss of ethical values and disrespect for morality, problems about which
many citizens had been warning, without being heard, for many years. It
is also good to have noted the deterioration of moral and civic values
such as honesty, decency, shame, decorum, honor and sensitivity to the
problems of others as well as to have come to the conclusion that we
have regressed in citizen culture and civics and that we are a society
increasingly schooled, but not necessarily more educated.

Although in his statement he did not discuss the many causes that have
provoked this terrible situation, preferring to blame the so-called
Special Period, ignoring that material misery generates moral misery,
that man thinks as he lives, and you can not demand of a population that
mostly moves in the margins or close to it, not to be more or less
marginal, or not to steal from the State when it steals from them with
low wages, the dual currency and the high prices they must pay for
services and products.

The balance of the above is positive, especially when it calls for the
establishment of a climate of order, discipline and exigency in Cuban
society and states that can not become one more campaign. Aware of our
extremism, I hope that this call does not become a call for a new witch
hunt, and that they take appropriate measures to avoid it.

From all of the above, the reference to the reversal in citizen culture
and civics is of great importance. Our Apostle, José Martí, spoke of the
need “to be educated to be free.”A society cannot be truly free if it is
not educated, regardless of all the instruction its citizens receive.
It’s a truth as big as a temple.

Nor can a free society function without the daily practice of
citizenship, which includes, among many things, both the performance of
duties as well as the exercise of rights, in full harmony. I think the
president, who confessed having meditated a great deal about all this,
is aware of the real extent of his plans and their application in
practice shows it.

11 July 2013

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