So, what kind of blogger is Castro? Pretty typical, in that he is prone to overreaching metaphors and biased as fuck. Castro cannot help but skew every one of his essays in the direction of his political ideals, using the "purity of the amateur athlete" concept as a big stick to beat capitalist filth to ground (spoiler: He is talking about America). He exalts those Cubans who have talent but turn down million-dollar contracts, as they prove that they would rather play catch with their child than get paid for their talent (and, you know, feeding said child). To him, keeping things simple and amateur-ish is clearly the best and only way to play sports, and brings glory to the country.
The fact that the best Cuban baseball players have been defecting for decades is probably just a coincidence.
Mao Zedong Was an Aimless Slacker
Chairman Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People's Republic of China, liked to present himself in the way dictators tend to do: as a wise father figure who rose from humble beginnings thanks to his tenacity (and the power of communism).
It's like the power of rock 'n' roll, except it bans rock 'n' roll.
In reality, a good chunk of Mao's life was spent as a lazy-ass slacker who preferred to spend his time geeking out over fantasy books about knights and magical creatures instead of studying. Although his dad did start out as an impoverished peasant, he had already become a wealthy landlord before Mao was even born. Basically, the dude was the closest the early 20th century had to a trust fund kid, and like so many modern variations of the theme, he remained clueless and directionless for the best part of his first few decades.
At 20, he hadn't picked a direction for either his life or his hairline.
Let's take a quick look at Mao's life until he was 30 or so. He convinced his father to send him to a preppy junior college in the city, where he soon found a circle of kindred spirits. After a few months of the era's equivalent of drum circles, hacky sack tournaments, and vegan make-outs, he entered the obligatory "teenage revolutionary" phase, completing the stereotype by nailing a "Sociology 101"-level political manifesto on the school wall. At 18, he decided to take things further and joined the Revolutionary Army, only to find out that it required manual labor, and so he hauled ass back home.
Mao spent his college years hopping from subject to subject. After reading an ad in the paper, he registered for the police academy. He quickly dropped out from potential policing when he found out he could enroll in a soap-making school, of all things. After soap came law school. This pattern went on for some time, until he had no other choice but to enroll into business school so that he could go back home to work for his dad if the whole "revolution" thing didn't work out. His father pulled some strings and got him in a decent course ... which Mao never attended.
And we bet he wore T-shirts with ironic political messages.
Now, replace "Mao" in those last two paragraphs with "Chad," and see if they're not describing a modern dude with wealthy parents and a mild existential crisis. (You can pretend "Revolutionary Army" is a band name.) Granted, Mao did spend time in the revolutionary forces during these slacker years, and yes, he was fairly active in left-leaning political circles. He even managed to finish his education (he became a teacher). But take into account that this was a pretty turbulent time and also the early goddamn 20th century, and it's amazing that China ever managed the whole Cultural Revolution thing, considering its architect was virtually indistinguishable from one of those "entitled millennials" people are always complaining about these days.
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