A few hours ago Cuban state TV announced that its former leader, Fidel Castro, has died at 90 years of age.
Obviously, Castro was a polarising figure, with opinion divided over whether he was a tyrant, or a hero.
To my mind, Castro was no saint, and should not be worthy of excessive endearments nor affectionate eulogies.
However, we live in an age of information, and facts will inevitably establish Castro’s legacy and worth.
Rather than outline my own conclusion as to Fidel Castro’s impact as Cuban leader, as a conservative, I would like to offer some sincere advice for fellow conservatives in the wake of Castro’s death, especially as some Castro opponents have started publicly rejoicing:
I understand some of you are happy that a villain has left this earth. Some, particularly Cuban migrants to the United States, have been jovial and even celebrating on the streets.
I do certainly understand both distaste for Castro as a leader and why some might be satisfied with his passing.
But I urge any of you who might wish to celebrate Castro’s death, particularly in public demonstrations, to reconsider your actions.
There will come a time, when all of us on earth will pass into the dark abyss of death. Some might have theories on what happens to us after we die, but no one knows the true consequences of this fate.
Considering this, irrespective of someone’s sins, the public lauding of a person’s death, bodes regrettable omens.
Sooner or later, we will all reach our day of judgement. However, to revel over a person’s death is an ugly and irremovable character stain, and should be avoided where possible.
Likewise, the right is normally on the decent side of cultural issues and displays. We saw the disgusting displays worldwide following Margaret Thatcher’s death, in which the regressive left showcased its absolute worst.
Hence, us conservatives should seek to differentiate from this despicable behaviour, and no matter our opposition to Fidel Castro and the Cuban regime, we should not be drawn into gloating over the corpse of a dead man.
the Aussie Conservative