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The Cost of Communism: Why The Cuban Outcry Matters For All of Us

The Cost of Communism: Why The Cuban Outcry Matters For All of Us

The Cost of Communism by Mandy Seymour

This week, thousands upon thousands of Cubans are taking to the streets making an outcry for “libertad”. Freedom. In today’s world, various ideas of what it means to have freedom are being pathologically spewed from all kinds of ‘woke’ hostilities – from ethnic tension to sex/gender identity and onward. Yet the Cubans really know what it means to have and lose their freedom -beyond all the hype, rhetoric and proverbial “wokeness” of today’s media streams. Since 1959, they have experienced what I call “The Cost of Communism”.

Much like an insidious disease that slowly and quietly ravages a tender, innocent plant, communism has slowly taken over, infiltrated, and ravaged the freedom and ability to pursue the joys of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness of the Cuban people which capitalist economies help flourish.

I visited Cuba under the Castro regime. I brought a delegation there to study entrepreneurship in Cuba. While there, I experienced what it was like to have my freedom and rights taken away. I was detained, interrogated, followed, and barely able to leave the country because of my geopolitical interest. I witnessed throngs of young people rounded up into a military truck and arrested for “prostitution” because they were offering to guide tourists around Cuba in exchange for money to buy shampoo and other necessities. Why? Because in Cuba, people are barely able to survive. The government controls them under communism by limiting their access to food, resources and communication. Less than 5% of the population pursued entrepreneurship, not as private enterprise, but as personally-run business.

The ability to attain and maintain a livelihood is essential to catapult people and nations from a life of poverty a life of prosperity. This is as true for victims of dictatorships as it is for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other predatory relationships. In all of these cases, a predator threatens, extorts and demeans them for the sake of oppressive, empty and vain power and control. Hopefully Cuba’s outcry will ultimately serve to help them find a road to true freedom and free enterprise.

Cuba’s outcry matters for all of us because when a nation’s government becomes more powerful than its people, democracy cannot flourish. It slowly and quietly gains a chokehold on our freedom, ultimately taking our voice away. We cannot let that happen. We must pursue freedom, life and liberty for all while also safeguarding our own basic, God-given, inalienable rights.

Mandy Seymour has a B.A in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. She holds a certification in Entrepreneurship Essentials from Harvard Business School (online). Mandy specializes in prevention and awareness of predatory relationships and life beyond abuse. She is author of The Gift: A Deeper Understanding of Love.

See More Sanctuary

See More Sanctuary

Seymour Sanctuary Mandy Seymour

Do you long for more peace and love in your life? So do I! Here’s a Mandy Message for you today on seeing more sanctuary in your life. In it, I share challenges and insight on how to live inspired in the midst of life’s challenges. We can live inspired in every area of our lives. It’s a process and a journey. Live inspired!

Live Inspired

Live Inspired

Live Inspired! Mandy Seymour

Are you ready to live inspired? What would your life look like if you could overcome challenges and acquire more peace, love and joy – personally and professionally? Let’s take the journey together! To live inspired is to truly live!

Live Inspired!

~ Mandy

Explore Your Heart

Explore Your Heart

Explore your heart. What would our lives look like if we did this more? We are created with depth, purpose, beauty and intentionality. What would our lives look like if we were to truly live? Live life to the fullest? Be fully alive? Explore your heart. There is beauty, goodness and grace waiting for you there. Live inspired!

Lovie, Lulu and Lola

Lovie, Lulu and Lola

Lovie of Seymour Sanctuary
Lulu of Seymour Sanctuary
Lola of Seymour Sanctuary

Lovie, Lulu and Lola live at Seymour Sanctuary. They are a few days old. Chickens are wonderful! They each have their own personalities and vocalizations.

Lovie is a white silkie. Lulu is a bantam. Lola is an Easter Eggers. We brought them home from D & D Feed the week before Easter.

In 6 months, they will be ready to lay delicious, farm fresh eggs. Lola, our Easter Egger will lay blue eggs!

Love Is The Answer

Love Is The Answer

Whatever the question, love is the answer. Pure, true, clear love. How do you know when love is truly love? Not just desire or wanting or lust? Or something else?

Here is the answer:

1 Corinthians 13
New International Version
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

True love is found in Jesus Christ. He is love incarnate. Trust Him. Know Him. Seek His love and to love as He loves. Love is the answer. All love comes from Him. Love is the answer!

Be Still

Be Still

Be Still by Mandy Seymour

Be Still, my new single, was released today! Here’s the link:

https://music.apple.com/us/album/be-still-single/1541989848

Be Still 

Mandy Seymour  

Be still and know I am God
I’ll be exalted over all the nations
I’ll be exalted over all the earth
I am your refuge and your strength

So do not fear when heavy waters are crashing down on you
They won’t overcome you. I will carry you

I’ll never leave you or forsake you
I uphold you with my hand
I am the one who made you
I am the great I Am

So don’t think for a moment I don’t know what you’re going through
Just seek my face and I will carry you

Be still and know I am God
I will see you through
I’m the beginning in the end
And I’m walking beside you

Be still and know I am God
I will see you through
I’m the beginning in the end
And I’m walking beside you

Guitar Chords: G  C. D

Scripture: Psalm 46:10, John 16:33, Isaiah 46:4, Deuteronomy 31:6, Isaiah 41:10, Exodus 3:14, Revelation 22:13, Matthew 28;20

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:10

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

“Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you.  I will sustain you and I will rescue you.” Isaiah 46:4

“The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:6


“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.  This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” Exodus 3:14

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” Revelation 22:13

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

Be Still by Mandy Seymour 2020