Hablando siempre y siempre contando chismes y haciendo chistes y siempre y tambie n filosofando o estetizando o moralizando, siempre: la cuestio n era hacer ver como que no trabaja bamos porque en La Habana, Cuba, esa es la u nica manera de ser gente bien. Talking all the time and telling jokes or gossiping all the time and always and also philosophizing or aestheticizingor moralizing, but always: thething wasto make it look like we didn't have to work because in Havana,Cuba, this is the only way to be high society. . .
Thething isit'sreally hard tobe room-mateswith people if your suitcases are much better than theirsif yours are really good and theirs aren't.You think if they're intelligent and all, the other person, and have a good sense of humour, that they don't give a damn whose suitcases are better, but they do.
To us, men of the West, a very strange thing happened at the turn of the century; without noticing it, we lost science, orat least Thething that had been called by that name for the last four centuries.What we now have in place of it is something different, radically different, and we don't know what it is. Nobody knows what it is.Simone Weil
Thething whichamazesme isthat I know perfectly well, as a historian, that there is corruption in any governmentthere's always corruption. It's bad when it's more than fifteen percent.