So some people would say ending up as a rock is not a bad thing.
A rock symbolizes strength and something that weathers time itself.
However, it's one thing being alive and a rock and another being dead as one.
Fidel Castro, the authoritarian Cuban President of 50 years, the revolutionary who defied the United State and brought us and the Soviet Union to the brink of nuclear war, the dictator who violated the human rights of millions of the Cuban people...and where does he end up?
Dead at age 90, cremated, with his ashed placed inside a 15-foot tall rock.
That's what's left of the man.
Of course, there is his legacy in Cuba that includes high literacy, universal health care, environmentalism, and competitive sport's teams. But there is also mass poverty and economic dysfunction, gross repression and human rights abuses, and Island isolationism.
So perhaps with Fidel gone, over time, Cuba will find itself on a path of greater moderation and reform.
In the meantime, Fidel is gone--like every other living thing comes and goes--no matter how strong he acted or how repressive he ruled, what is he now but a big useless rock with a nameplate affixed.
(Source Photo: Associated Press Via Wall Street Journal)