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    A Magic Spell Against Envy

    A Magic Spell Against Envy / 14ymedio

    14ymedio, 12 January 2017 – Cuba’s master of humor, Panfilo, hit the
    nail on the head on Monday when he complained about the animosity many
    compatriots display on seeing the prosperity of others. “If we could
    export envy from this country, the gross national product would be
    through the roof,” said the sympathetic old man, obsessed with his
    ration book. His joke shed light on a painful reality.

    “If my prosperity bothers you, do as I do: Work,” wrote an entrepreneur
    known as El Pata, from the village of Alquízar, on the wall of the
    blacksmith’s workshop where he produces grills and other
    accessories. The man posted the phrase to exorcise the outrage of many
    neighbors who look with evil eyes on the growth of his small business
    and his economic independence from the state.

    The day he painted the incantation against envy, El Pata had been
    visited by two inspectors, responding to the surveillance of the
    president of the Committee for the Defense of the Revolution, and
    received a police warning while hauling a few pieces of metal for his
    workshop. Although he does not expect his maxim to protect him from such
    ills, at least he is relieved whenever he reflects on how difficult it
    is to thrive in Cuba.

    Source: A Magic Spell Against Envy / 14ymedio – Translating Cuba –