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 Spiritual Castro2007-03-11 02:09
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by Flemming Funch

Sides of Fidel Castro that maybe are little known. This Washington Post article talks about a collection of letters he wrote while in prison in the 50s, which hadn't appeared in English before. Which in part show spiritual depths one maybe wouldn't expect of a future communist dictator. Like, addressing the father of a fallen comrade, he writes:
"I will not speak of him as if he were absent, he has not been and he will never be. These are not mere words of consolation. Only those of us who feel it truly and permanently in the depths of our souls can comprehend this. Physical life is ephemeral, it passes inexorably. . . . This truth should be taught to every human being -- that the immortal values of the spirit are above physical life. What sense does life have without these values? What then is it to live? Those who understand this and generously sacrifice their physical life for the sake of good and justice -- how can they die? God is the supreme idea of goodness and justice."



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11 Mar 2007 @ 14:19 by swanny : Socialism
I don't know if Castro was ever a communist
a socialist true but maybe some think thats a fine
line.... socialists though care about and for people and perhaps
the environment .... communists well? its hard to say
as communism was a bit of a boogey man gig or played out that way ....

sir ed  



11 Mar 2007 @ 21:49 by iamramtha : Spiritual Castro
Thank you for this little piece of history that up until now was known by only a few it would appear. And from Fidel Castro at that. Thanks again for finding this Ming. It is definitely a keeper. Might even put it on my desk top as wall paper.
Jim  



11 Mar 2007 @ 22:35 by swanny : complex
A complex man to be sure...
I wonder though does he loath or accept what he has had to become to...? or does he even recognize what he has become or even fathomn it. And then what is it he has become but an enigma of some sort in his own right.

Ed, March 2007  



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