Now at 81 years of age, he conversely says, he did not want to stubbornly hold on to power in a letter written to the Cuban people read at this year's closing session of parliament, December 17th. After stubbornly clinging to power for almost fifty years, this admission seems just a tad bit disingenuous, I should think.
What doesn't seem disingenuous, but uncharacteristically candid, is this tid bit of honesty from Castro, "Let me add that I was [clinging to power] for a time, because of excessive youth and lack of conscience." He says he has long since outgrown the urge.
Who doesn't want to rule the world or some small part of it when they are young? It's the "lack of conscience" part that is important. Not many sociopaths ever come to grips with their personality disorder, much less admit to it. I am not in the least bit sure that Castro even understands what he has said about himself in this letter.
Sociopathic individuals were called, from the early 1900s, "psychopaths" . From the 1830s til then the disorder was known as "moral insanity." Castro fits the description for the morally insane, the psychopath, the sociopath, or whatever else we conjure up to call them. Personally, I like "morally insane." What are the characteristics of this kind of nut job? Here are a few from CalTech, Profile of the Sociopath web page:
Manipulative and Conning; Grandiose Sense of Self; Pathological Lying; Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt; Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle; Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them; Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them; Authoritarian; Secretive; Paranoid; Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired; Conventional appearance; Goal of enslavement of their victim(s); Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life; Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love); Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim; Incapable of real human attachment to another; Unable to feel remorse or guilt; Extreme narcissism and grandiose; May state readily that their goal is to rule the world.
He writes in the letter that he "was not a person clinging to power." Although Fidel ceded provisional government control to his brother, Raul, 17 months ago, Fidel continues as the head of the Council of State, the highest governing body. He has vowed he will not stand in the way of younger leaders, however, Fidel's name is on the Jan. 20 election ballot, supported by the Communist Party. Despite all claims to the contrary, Fidel Castro, in the twilight of his life, appears to be an aging sociopath clinging to power til his dying breath.
Yahoo News/ Associated Press
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