.- The latest edition of the official Catholic magazine of the Archdiocese of Havana, âPalabra Nueva,â called on Cubans to banish violence from the culture, because âto prevail with force and violence through the imposition of fear is no triumph as human beings.â In his editorial column, Orlando Marquez, the magazineâs editor, said that to apply force through fear makes us âless humane.â âWe donât realize it perhaps, but we have been wounded and society reflects it,â he wrote.
âSocial and political intolerance,â he continued, gives birth to violence and intolerance, cultivating in peopleâs minds the erroneous idea that âto be authoritarian and harsh, to say no and to be inflexible, is the only way to triumph and be respected in this world.â âWe must break with this culture of physical, verbal and psychological violence,â said Marquez, because those who shout the loudest or are inflexible and authoritarian are not more important than others.
Marquez lamented that Cuban society is not compassionate, and that even at the highest levels, âthey talk about peace but they donât act peacefully or compassionately.â âThe language of war and of force surrounds us every day from the moment we wake, in our schools and on television.â
In the midst of such a situation, the magazine proposes âfostering good will among all citizens,â banishing violence through a culture of life, which leads to compassion, authentic tolerance, dialogue and hope.
Lastly, Marquez recalled that âonly respecting oneâs own life and that of oneâs neighbor, and acting in good will can one remain hopeful about the future of society.â