Reflections by Comrade Fidel
Giving one’s all
On May Day, still under the impression of the parade, the colors of our national flag -which is today a symbol of solidarity before the eyes of the whole world-, the young, intelligent and enthusiastic faces of our students, which closed the parade of that overflowing river, the words of the poet, so many times repeated during that day, came to my mind:
“For this freedom…we will have to give our all!”
I felt like wanting to know more about the life of
Fayad Jamís. Hardly two hours after that
Reflection was published on the International Workers’ Day, I
started to read some other materials.
Just by chance, the first thing I saw was a message sent by our dear
friend Stella Calloni. It was through
her that we learned in detail about the conspiracies, the horrible crimes
committed by the
I hereby convey, word for word, the message I had the honor to receive on the evening of May 1st.
“I was very moved by the fact that you quoted Fayad
Jamís, whom I had met in
“The ego –I, I before us, that constant attempt to find the way to win over the other- is something very distant from the concept of ‘giving one’s all’, and has spread like a pandemic that lays waste to everything in its path -old friends and loyalties, paths that we have trodden together. There are some who, in order to do it better, have also resorted to the cynicism of making fun of those who stand firm on their principles, their faith in humankind, man, justice and dignity.
“Cuba has been an example of ‘giving its all’, even to those who could not recognize that attitude as the most revolutionary of the Revolution –if you will excuse the repetition-, which is permanent solidarity, like a blanket to protect others.
this is the time to recover the magic and the poetry, because Revolutions are
made by all that. Hadn’t it been by
that, just tell me how would you have sailed on board the Granma, for instance? How would
“I lived through that experience myself at the time of the literacy campaign in Nicaragua, or most recently in Bolivia when, moved to tears, I witnessed the day when that country declared itself free from illiteracy (and in this case, they declared themselves free from illiteracy also in their original languages). Who can do that without the spirit of ‘giving one’s all’?
are so many examples that sometimes, as they can’t be seen altogether, they are
not seen at all. They are just isolated
and cold pieces of news. I met the Cuban
doctors in a neighborhood in
“One day I told you that, besides, we will all have to write together the history of solidarity, because that day we will realize that the enemy that appears to be so big, so huge, is only an empty shell.
“Those who know what ‘give one’s all’ means are invincible, because on and on they give their all through the times, shedding light, like our beloved Che.
“One big hug, and thank you, because you keep on giving your all.
Those were the beautiful words by Stella, for those who may want to know the true history of our times, which could never be erased with a stroke of a pen!
Fidel Castro Ruz