The call of the wild
Astounding is the shock of a Cuban national and resident on the Island, at a video posted on the Internet of a dog violently thrown into a vehicle belonging to Zoonosis, the agency responsible for the collection and euthanization of sick stray dogs.
The condemnation of this action, certainly reprehensible, came from a scandalized Dr. Valia Rodríguez Rodríguez, who decided to send a letter to the "Acuse de Recibo" ("Acknowledgement of Receipt") section of the Granma newspaper in order to denounce a phenomenon that transcends the hurling of the pet, like a rag ball, against the vehicle's metal sides.
Without wishing to downplay the complainant's concern, I think it is more important to focus on other more everyday and humiliating types of violence that, unfortunately, are not even covered by the official press.
I am referring to those which occur daily on our buses, or just outside oir grocery markets, where people flock to buy some of the products they are so lacking, or in the many neighborhoods where conflicts are settled by knives, blows and punches.
In the litany of evidence of the regression that eats away at us, like termites at a piano, we ought to highlight the thuggish passion of the "rapid response brigades" that the government unleashes against pro-democracy activists, with tactics that include verbal harangues, beating, kicking and spitting.
These behaviours, incompatible with reason, which have taken root across the country, reflect the intransigent entrenchment that the regime employs in order to maintain unanimous support for its ideology of power, with the consequent violation of the ethical and moral values surviving in our homes, schools and workplaces.
If seeking water from a stone is absurd, it is equally so to demand sanity and decency in the midst of a socio-economic disaster with no signs of any solution, while the resistance to change only hardens, holding out against the struggle to replace the old structures sustaining ongoing chaos, in the broadest sense of the term.
It is dramatic that the whining of a dog has shone a spotlight on violence in Cuba.
What about human suffering, of the kind that comes when someone is stabbed over something that never should have escalated beyond a simple argument, or strings of expletives, shouted out and accompanied by vulgar gestures, in response to a simple stepping on of toes, or some other insignificant incident?
What about the torment suffered when facing a mob licensed to offend and beat others in the defense of socialism, invented by the Castros to remain in perpetual power?
Violence is a phenomenon inherent to this political model, now approaching its 56th anniversary.
Its existence depends on the use of brutality, in all its forms.
The worst thing about the situation is that it is not limited to the normality of these episodes today, but the aftershocks that will occur in the future.
In its sluggish metamorphosis, Castroism sees to the conservation of extreme violence, in almost all its manifestations.
It is unfortunate that the thousands of samples of the paradigmatic man, formulated in the laboratories of the Revolution, have lost the ability to behave civilly.
Without a prior process of civilisation, democracy is unviable. But what else can be done in response to such beasts, disguised as people?