I don't know. Ask him. Also ask him what HE understands for "living better".
Many times I have seen how people who live in what westerners would describe as poor conditions think of themselves as happy persons. It ain't black and white.
There is a bit of truth in that, but a very little bit. I was always amazed at how Haitians could be smiling in such utter poverty. But although they had been conditioned to accept their lot and made the best of it, I am fairly certain that they all recognized there was something better, just not available to them.
I guess that life in Haiti was so miserable that the government did not even try to convince them that they were living the dream.
The Cuban government on the other hand..................ok, let's not go there.