Writing “Objectively” about Cuba

By Pedro Pablo Morejon

HAVANA TIMES – I’ve been going through my articles for Havana Times recently. Trying to be as empathetic as possible, I discovered that many of my chronicles or opinions can be interpreted, a lot of the time, as me trying to always paint a negative picture of Cuba. Or in the best of cases, that I have a bitter view of our reality.

That’s while always trying to give a touch of humor to my articles.

However, this could not be further from the truth. Even though I’ve never studied a Journalism degree, I go to great lengths to be objective. However, nothing is completely objective when you’re speaking from the heart. Even so, I always try to be true when reflecting the situation on this small piece of land I’ve been destined to live on.

I can’t sugarcoat reality though, unfortunately. For example, I can’t hide the freedoms we’re missing, or the everyday hurdles we Cubans have to jump just to ensure the basic needs of every human being.

Here, something as basic as putting food in your stomach becomes a struggle that can’t even be compared to prehistoric times when cavemen had to hunt down mammoths.

Any aspect of Cuban reality that you want to examine will inevitably give you hives. Almost everything is bad!

Transport, housing, food, services, labor rights, individual freedoms, democracy, decency… and a long list of others.

I say almost everything so as not to be absolutist about it.

Free education and health care

Not even alleged achievements in the fields of health and education can be presented as proof of a superior society.

Medicine shortages right now are alarming, not to mention prices have gone up. The COVID-19 situation here in Cuba has also meant that health services have now been limited to emergency cases. Nothing can even be said about the proliferation of scabies, rodents, dengue fever, etc.

The only thing we can say about our education system is that nobody is illiterate in our country. That’s it. We are living under the yoke of a politicized education, the main function of which seems to be to indoctrinate Cubans from an early age. 

I would prefer not to write about that. Instead, I’d like to write that Cuba is an example of a dignified country, where its residents live freely and have an acceptable quality of life. A country that resembles what many of us Cuban want. Like the dream of that person I wrote about in an article here about a year ago.

But I can’t present a pretend reality like the one fabricated by official media.

That would be going against the truth. I have literature if I want to write fiction.

Read more from Pedro Pablo Morejon’s diary here.

Pedro Morejón

I am a man who fights for his goals, who assumes the consequences of his actions, who does not stop at obstacles. I could say that adversity has always been an inseparable companion, I have never had anything easy, but in some sense, it has benefited my character. I value what is in disuse, such as honesty, justice, honor. For a long time, I was tied to ideas and false paradigms that suffocated me, but little by little I managed to free myself and grow by myself. Today I am the one who dictates my morale, and I defend my freedom against wind and tide. I also build that freedom by writing, because being a writer defines me.

26 thoughts on “Writing “Objectively” about Cuba

  • February 12, 2021 at 5:31 pm

    Your search for revenge can only ever you lead you toward even greater dissatisfaction.
    How many parts of the world have you ever visited?
    Go on a worldwide tour and come back and tell me about your findings.
    Actually you would probably find that Cuba is one of the not quite so bad countries on God’s imperfect little planet.
    I am in favour of positive changes in Cuba.
    But I am also in favour of the factual and the pragmatic against your unremittingly negative, revenge based, doom-laden, negative rhetoric.
    Olgita, you need to do some weight training.
    Build up some muscles.
    Then maybe, just maybe……
    You will have the strength to turn the page.
    I wish you good luck with this.

  • February 11, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    On Nick, you are really relentless in your “sneaky” support to the Cuban Dictatorship. If wasn’t for the 2 and half millions Cubans exiled, the opposition and the intimidation that Cubans suffer daily and keep them in silence. I bet you would dare to say that the 11 millions Cubans are behind the dictatorship. You are incredible and beyond relentless.

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