The Law of Consciousness

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This April 10, 2019 has just been sculpted in the history of Cuba when proclaimed in Havana, the new Constitution of the Republic that on February 24 of this year received the majority support of the population, (more than eleven million Cubans) .

Matutino, seremos como el Che. Foto: Ismael Francisco/Cubadebate

But most importantly, remember that it is an unfinished process, is what has been happening since before and what remains to be done: develop the rules that will sustain the Constitution.

In the days of debates on the constitutional text, Eyne Daniel López Vargas, Chief Prosecutor, Department of Organization and Planning of the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) of Mayabeque, helped me to understand the transcendental nature of the event.

As the best of the teachers he offered me the necessary tools through excellent dissertations, which I then complemented in the television program, Hacemos Cuba.

Metaphorically and to illustrate me better about the fundamental issues, the Prosecutor placed on the palm of his hand a book: the book, is the legal text, the hand, is a group of laws that will respond to it.

This way he explained to me but always emphasizing that it requires a time for these to be written and approved, some by referendum, others not.

Those good lessons corroborate the progress of recent events, for example, the analysis of the Law of National Symbols and the Law of Fishing.

Both are of great importance and agree with the Cuban reality of these times, but without doubt that of the symbols has captured the greatest attention of the people.

The analysis agrees on two questions: how much do the new generations know about their symbols? What is still to be done in this regard?

Fidel defended an idea that should well support everything that is done in pursuit of respect and love of symbols: “they do not represent a part of history, they represent the whole history,” said the leader of the Revolution.

I stop in article 57 that says, “When the National Anthem is performed, if any person is walking, it stops, and if it is sitting, it stands up, always uncovered, and adopts the attention position.”
Although it is not something new in the content of the Law, it is something that is ignored many times and even by the older people, who were educated in the veneration of the Anthem and the flag.
I remember that when I was a pioneer, in our elementary school we all looked like cadets when the tricolor fabric was hoisted, and when we sang that march of war, the voice came out of our chest.

Thus they taught us, in that way they demanded, and above all things, they preached by example.
Disdain, apathy and disrespect for symbols must be swept away from citizen behavior once and for all, not only because the idea is reinforced in the new Law and in the Constitution that has just been proclaimed, but also because they represent us, speak of what we were, what we are and what we will be.

All this is our history, and we must fecundate it in the soul, but with passion from the first ages. After all, how much an individual does well for him and for society comes first of all from civic education and from his own conscience.

Translated by Ada Iris Guerrero