Fidel Castro

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Explain Dominant Color Explain Auxiliary Color

The Red in Fidel's spiritual portrait represents his dominant personality trait, his passion. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. Castro demonstrated this trait in the passion he had for Cuba.

The Blue in Fidel's spiritual portrait represents his auxiliary personality trait, his idealism. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. He demonstrated this trait in the way he embraced revolutionary Marxist-Leninist ideals.

17th President of Cuba - Dec. 2, 1976 - Feb. 24, 2008

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Fidel Castro's preferences are very slight, making his image full of color.

Being well-rounded makes it easy for a broad range of people to relate to him, and natural for him to easily understand other's perceptions and motivations. And being versatile certainly helps a single person run an under-developed island nation alone, as a dictator.

Passionate Idealist

The Red and Blue in this image reflects the fact that Fidel had a passion for ideals — especially revolutionary ideals. Reading a few of his quotes makes this obvious right away, as many belie a strong tendency to believe in people and the power of mind over matter.

Condemn me, it does not matter: history will absolve me.
 — History Will Absolve Me, 1954.
Warfare is a means and not an end. Warfare is a tool of revolutionaries. The important thing is the revolution! The important thing is the revolutionary cause, revolutionary ideas, revolutionary objectives, revolutionary sentiments, revolutionary virtues!
 — Speech at the memorial service for Che Guevara, 1967.
[Revolution] is a profound conviction that there is no power in the world that can crush truth and ideas.
 — Speech on May Day, 2000.

Versatile Underdog

His contempt for the United States is well-known and unparalleled in the Western Hemisphere. In this quote he lists the reasons for his hatred:

With what moral authority can they speak of human rights — the rulers of a nation in which the millionaire and beggar coexist; the Indian is exterminated; the black man is discriminated against; the woman is prostituted; and the great masses of Chicanos, Puerto Ricans, and Latin Americans are scorned, exploited, and humiliated? How can they do this — the bosses of an empire where the mafia, gambling, and child prostitution are imposed; where the CIA organizes plans of global subversion and espionage, and the Pentagon creates neutron bombs capable of preserving material assets and wiping out human beings; an empire that supports reaction and counter-revolution all over the world; that protects and promotes the exploitation by monopolies of the wealth and the human resources of whole continents, unequal exchange, a protectionist policy, an incredible waste of natural resources, and a system of hunger for the world?
 — From a speech on the 25th anniversary of the Moncada Barracks attack, July 26, 1978.

This passage has it all. There's the idealism (Blue–iNtuition) in speaking about morals and human rights, along with the list of facts (Yellow–Sensation) describing America's violation of these ideals, and the emotion (Red–Feeling) felt when witnessing people mistreated, along with the objective (Green–Thinking) desire for equality. His spiritual portrait makes it easy to see how he could exhibit all of these qualities in a single paragraph of a single speech.

More than anything, though, this tirade shows decisiveness. He has made up his mind on this issue and it is clear no one will be changing it!

MAD!?!

There's more. Castro's feelings toward the US were frighteningly irrational, as evidenced in this call for mutually assured destruction (MAD):

I propose the immediate launching of a nuclear strike on the United States. The Cuban people are prepared to sacrifice themselves for the cause of the destruction of imperialism and the victory of world revolution.
 — From the article Castro Wanted a Nuclear Strike in The New York Times, October 23, 1992.

Of course, as a dictator, Fidel could play his geographically-based underdog card in his own country with impunity. The reality is he was guilty of his own human rights abuses, and the only way anyone could publicly and safely challenge his status as top dog was to leave the country.

If Cuba is such an ideal place to live, why have over a million people left it to seek a new life elsewhere — mostly in America?

Fidel Castro was a highly intelligent, formidible man. For more quotes, see his page at en.wikiquote.org.


This spiritual portrait is based on the American Experience video, Fidel Castro, which is available on youtube. My friend Laura C. helped me develop the personality profile.