Studied by many, undervalued by some, the independence leader and Cuban national hero made in the second half of the nineteenth century approaches to phenomena that today threaten the very survival of the human species.
160 years after Marti’s birth (January 23, 1853-May 19, 1895) his thought remains in full force and provides answers that should be heeded, considered the academic Hector Hernandez, vice president of the Marti Program Office in the Caribbean island.
In an interview with Prensa Latina, the expert said that the hero is “a must for those interested in solving serious problems in the world”, and perhaps “in finding solutions.”
Marti offers answers to questions such as the emergence of a more harmonious relationship between human beings and nature, subject on which he outlined pioneer ideas.
He was a supporter of public education, social justice and inclusion, peace among peoples and access to culture, and also an enemy of racial discrimination.
For Hernandez, his colonialist and imperialist vision as well as his criteria about the balance of the world can not be obviated.
Marti drew up a project of continental independence or emancipation, which included a united Latin America facing the containment of the imperialist threat represented by the United States, he said.
Therefore, that facet of his life and work is genesis of integration activities existing in the region and they have brought forth process as the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and more recently the Community of Latin American and Caribbean (CELAC).
The founders and developers of these blocks consider Marti, with Simon Bolivar, as an inspiration of initiatives.
According to Hernandez, his origin from a Southern country is the only reason why his thought is not more studied by universities and other institutions on the planet.
Unfortunately, there is still a strong ethnocentric and Eurocentric trend, promoting ideas that are generated from the North, ignoring the richness and heritage of spiritual and political thinkers as Marti, he said.
For his relevance, for his ideas of integration and his answers to today’s problems, our national hero must be located in a top place, said the professor, who is also vice president of the Organizing Committee of the Third Conference for World Equilibrium, forum scheduled from January 28 to 30 in Havana.
THE CONTEMPORARY RELEVANCE OF MARTI HIGHLIGHTED IN HAVANA
Motivated by the contemporary relevance of Marti’s thought when interpreting and finding solutions to today’s problems, some 600 delegates from 40 countries confirmed their attendance at the Third International Conference for World Equilibrium, holding in the Palace of Conventions in Havana.
Celebrities such as former presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from Brazil and Leonel Fernandez from Dominican Republic; the Dominican friar and writer Frei Betto from Brazil; Nobel Peace laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel from Argentina; the Belgian theologian Francois Houtart, and the French intellectual Ignacio Ramonet encourage the appointment, following those held in 2003 and 2008.
All is about discussing, in the light of Marti’s thought, a broad agenda that includes the main problems of today’s world, Hernandez said.
According to the scholar, the widespread presence of intellectuals and political at the forum is a way to assert the value of Marti’s ideas 160 years after his birth.
This participation is in line with the increasing resonance of the hero’s work on the planet, where there are 54 Jose Marti chairs in different universities, 92 clubs about him and the Jose Marti Project for World Solidarity, sponsored by Unesco, he highlighted.
* Head of the National Editorial Department of Prensa Latina News Agency