Fidel Castro came into power half a century ago, and some of the people who live in Cuba today don't know any other face of their countries leadership. It's quite amazing.
My friend tells me of today's Cuba, "It's like walking back into the 1950's, as if time just stopped." he claims.
"Why do you think Cuba has been isolated from the progress of the rest of the world?"
"Andy, Raul Castro just allowed cell phones in the country last year. What do you think?"
It's quite amazing to think about. A whole nation, under the rule of a dictator. It's like here you have one of the beautiful islands in the world; and time just stopped!
I know this blog isn't about the geo-political issues around the globe, but I think it's interesting that the religious belief system, steeped in atheism, has bound a whole nation to one leader, and a system that allows for it's own resources…the only source of innovation and all in a world more connected than any other time in history.
On my daily news cruise I saw the BBC reporting the last 50 years of Castro reign as basically an oppression. Workers make $25 a day, vehicles are all the 1950's Chevy look, and the buildings are in a radical state of decay. Why?
It would seem that a nation with so much to offer the world, would be able to harness the resources of the country so it would be a paradise destination for vacationers.
It would seem a nation with so much affinity for sugar cane and coffee would have the corner on the market for exporting to the U.S. and Mexico.
But something's not right.
I wonder if the belief system the Castros have bought into has anything to do with the "struggling" they have to continue work through. (a direct quote from Raul Castro)
I wonder if the removal of any source of morality, and the freedom accompanied with the system accompanying the God's story of the Universe has anything to do with a country that's Frozen in time?
I don't know. I was just thinking this morning that as more people buy into the belief system of freedom and reconciliation, forgiveness and grace; the more progressive a country becomes.
They have the ability to look each other in the eye and give the benefit of the doubt.
They strive to uphold core values of life and property.
They see a bigger picture of the world, and it seems like those nations that start out focusing on God's system, seem to do better.
Just a thought.
What do you think?