Preparing for a Revolution
The Days in Mexico
This is a story of one man’s dream and its failure. Che Guevara dreamed of a moral and unified world. He saw injustice and tyranny in countries and chose to fight to overcome it. He sought to evolve the government of such countries into fair and just ones, but Che mistakenly thought that armed revolutions could achieve this goal. In truth, many revolutions give rise to worse regimes than those defeated.
It was in Mexico that a free, intelligent and passionate Che Guevara would live in misery, sell toys in the street, be a traveling photographer, a watchman in a library, meet the exiled poet León Felipe, and collect stray cats for his medical investigations. In Mexico he married Hilda Gadea before he began training with the Cubans. Long hours paddling in the lake of Chapultepec, expeditions to the mountains, karate sessions, military training on a leased ranch, turkey target practice, physical conditioning and wrestling lessons with wrestler Arsacio “Kid” Vanegas.
Che would discover tacos and will drink Coca-Cola in Mexico. He would plan impossible trips, learn how to cut hair, would end up in prison custody with the future fighters and begin his unfinished book on the roles of doctors in Latin America, but most important of all, his days in Mexico would form Che’s implacable and solid moral constitution that guided him until his death.
I not only admire Che, I’m also grateful to him.
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