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Lessons from voting

The fact that there were no major surprises on 21-N does not mean that there were no surprises.

There is the reality, if you do not settle for appearances and hasty analysis. There is reality, stubborn. Irreplaceable teacher, her teachings are worth more than propaganda and what English speakers call wishful thinking, which is thinking with wishes.

The vote (and not vote) of Venezuelans leaves lessons for politicians of all stripes. Of all. Nobody can be satisfied with continuing to do the same, because that way already works for very little. Check entities and municipalities, take a good look at the numbers.

Participation and voting show the desire and need for change. In the majority abstention there is mistrust in the system, yes; and there was propaganda to stimulate it, but also loss of confidence in the vote due to deterioration of confidence in political options. In all, watch out for that. True self-criticism prevails.

Obviously, in those who propose themselves as an alternative, or as an alternative to the alternative, there is much to change. At the strategic, tactical, organizational and decision-making mechanisms level. What happened is not the product of a few weeks of campaigning, but of circumstances that must be addressed with a sincere purpose of amendment.

Those in power do not get drunk on the televised map of the governorates. His strategy of dividing and demoralizing the opposition, which had both voluntary and involuntary cooperators in that field, has been far less successful because its base is seriously eroded. In this ruined country, the Chavista people are also disappointed.

Who, imagining that the collective dissatisfaction with politics and politicians gave them a chance and championed abstention in the name of uncompromising purity, do not commit the folly of believing that they represent that motley sixty percent. There are emigrants, radical abstentionists, distrustful, discouraged, and also many Venezuelans who are also dissatisfied with them (and they). And it seems to me that they should evaluate what they gained with that "victory", and vice versa, what the country did win and what else it could have gained with the vote.

My call to everyone, even the winners, is to humility that defends against pride. An old friend, fond of the song, liked to repeat one that comes to mind: "Do not climb so high / garment of so much value / that the tree that rises higher / the wind knocks the flower".