Change in Mentality


They came with their trucks, a grader and even a new machine for recycling asphalt. They worked all morning before the astonished eyes of neighbors who, for over twenty years, have seen their street deteriorate without repair. For the most skeptical, there was also a dash of hope with the pavement was as smooth as glass, and then another brigade appeared. This itself was unprecedented. Instead of leaving the manhole covers below the tar–as in the past–the new group of workers dismantled them and placed them even with the ground. No one could believe what was happening. This “new mentality” some said, boasting of the already noted changes in the way things are done, was palpable.

To warn motorists of the fresh cement bordering the storm drains, they left a pile of rubble around them. “You’ll see, they’ll come back to remove it,” said the optimists. But there it stays. The passage of tires was spreading the stones all over the street, pressing them into the still-soft asphalt. The remains of the reconstruction were collecting in the grating of the drains, accumulating in the gutters. Two weeks later they were still spreading their dusty presence, and creating mounds here and holes there, spoiling the finish. “Ahh, this mentality!” the dreamers corrected themselves, immediately adding, “Instead of changing how they do things they dress it up, but it’s the same mentality as ever.”

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312 thoughts on “Change in Mentality

  1. I have no problem w/their participation … they add to the number of comments without been able to affect in the least but rather add to the curiosity of friends & strangers wanting to know what is going on in Cuba… in a roundabout way I thank the idiots …

  2. ASSIGNMENTS FOR POLISH CLOWN COMRADE KOMAR, DAMIR AND OTHER CASTRO’S PAWNS.
    1. Offend and denigrate Yoani Sanchez and other dissidents against the Castro regime.
    2. Question the existence of this blog, and discredit its goals of showing the real Cuba.
    3. Create distractions, by diverting discussions over different topics.
    4. Contradicts any and/or every of the honest posting in this blog as well as participants’ point of view.
    5. Introduce links or/and references to media sponsored by Castro propaganda, with the intent of creating confusion about the realities of Cuba in prospect readers and foreign followers of this blog.
    6. Consume time and space when participants try to debate over Komar’s malicious postings.

  3. @#308
    I rather believe Mahatma Gandhi’s statement than urs fool!
    For one his methods were proven right, urs on the other hand r just stupidity.

  4. albert (qui ose gagne)
    Junio 23rd, 2011 at 19:32

    “they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall …”

    What the crap. They never fall. They are being replaced by new tyrants.

  5. When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have always been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall … think of it, ALWAYS.
    Mahatma Gandhi

  6. @#300
    Poland has had her share of problems thru her history but the polish people has never given up, before the ussr, before the nazis, before the russians, she has many times been invaded but her spirit has never been conquered. the people who (u say) loaded the trains w/treasure & left for Rumania were people like u, sniveling little cowards who thrive in the freedoms afforded to them by far better people than u. I remeber ur posting about how about 200 people dies of neglect every year aroud where u live, have u done anything to help them? I think u are just talk, attempting to instigate trouble, making fun of other peoples’s plight which proves to me how little u value what u take for granted, if the day ever came for u to defend ur freedom I belive u’ll voild ur bowels & run to hide under ur mommy’s skirts.

  7. Albert:

    Don’t forget “Miami Mafia,” a derogatory term leveled at those Cubans in Miami who stand up for the rights of all Cubans. It’s a very overused and uncreative term.

    You’re right, the mentality IS changing, and as well as hope, the fuel for it is social media. I hope that the internet will be available to all Cubans asap.

  8. After years of lies & broken promises, after years of brainwashing our children in its last gasps the rebolution tries desperately to hold on to power w/cosmetic changes. The “mentality” remains the same yet hope for change grows. When there were only few (or so it was believed by the rebolution) “silent voices” intimidation & repression worked, the name calling (gusanos, mercenaries, counter rebolutionaries) the suppression of freedom of expression guaranteed the castros & cronies existence. Things have evolved, people is becoming aware & the time for the rubble to be removed is slowly becoming a reality. Mentality IS changing & the fuel for it is HOPE.

  9. Komar
    Since you admit your happiness and sweetness, I send you my congratulations.
    But try NOT to give your opinions about Cuba; you are totally ignorant of our problems.
    We don’t need your comments or evaluations about this blog, Cubans or anything regarding Cuba.
    Not every country is the same. You must deal with your democracy issues in your country; we will deal with our democracy problems in our country.
    It is irrespectfull from part to try to denigrate, the purpose of this blog and supporters. It is an unwelcomed intrusion in other’s people problems.

  10. 247
    Junio 23rd, 2011 at 13:52

    “Komar
    Since you admit your sadness and bitterness, I send you my condolence.”

    Where do You see sadness and bitterness? I only stated the fact. If I say: ” I ate apple yesterday”, will it mean that I’m not bitter? Or maybe I’m sad because the apple has been eaten alive. When You read something use Your brain. It doesn’t hurt.

  11. Komar
    Since you admit your sadness and bitterness, I send you my condolence.
    But try NOT to give your opinions about Cuba; you are totally ignorant of our problems.
    We don’t need your comments or evaluations about this blog, Cubans or anything regarding Cuba.
    Not every country is the same. You must deal with your democracy issues in your country; we will deal with our democracy problems in our country.
    It is irrespectfull from part to try to denigrate, the purpose of this blog and supporters. It is an unwelcomed intrusion in other’s people problems.

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