Portrait of the universal card

The coronavirus portrayed us. But it didn’t change us. All that nonsense about us being better went straight down the nearest gutter. The jetas, in a country of jetas, in a world of jetas, never change. Nor will they move when the pandemic ends. Plaintive agitators unfortunately star in the news. He who has a hard face does not soften. In crisis, it usually happens to have a face of reinforced concrete. When you have to pitch in and spend more hours at the fire, he is the first to tiptoe off to set fire to the streets. It is always better to destroy than to build. It is much easier to set containers on fire than to use them. Squatting houses that pay off mortgages. A house squats in a few hours, kick in the door. A mortgage takes years of sweat to pay off. There are few brave. And nobles are counted on the fingers of one hand.

When they are badly given, the X-ray of the maulas is usually perfect. One way to find them, if they haven’t already gone to a party, is because they are the ones who protest the most. They try to cover their laziness with a storm of words. Or they start breaking things. Now they are on the streets. Protagonists of his defeat. Hitting or trying to hit police officers who do their job with the dignity of a mountain that is always there when needed.

They say they are against the system, but their absurd revolution is the oldest system in the world. It does not matter if they cover their faces. Those who know them will be tired of them. Fury, rage, violence to continue without hitting the water.

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But this phenomenon is not from today, nor from yesterday. Nor does it happen only in Spain. Already Joseph ConradAs a ship captain, speaking of water, he portrayed it with his sculpted prose and, although he spoke of the cloth he knew, which was that of the sails of the brigs of the late nineteenth century, he was communicating a universal truth that, unfortunately, remains unalterable .

These brawling geniuses, who always have an outlet for everything, usually the exit from the door to leave, always existed. There is no other choice but to associate with those who do stick their shoulders and ignore the others, their total plaintive punch ends up happening, although they consider themselves the persecuted and tend to believe themselves misunderstood geniuses, discoverers of America, inventors of gunpowder and founders of freedom. They talk about rights, never about duties.

But read, read how Joseph Conrad put them on a ship. Change sea, for land. And sailor for troublemaker. And here they are: Is there in the whole earth a single place where such a character is unknown, ominous hustler who stands as a testimony of the eternal efficacy of lies and shamelessness? He was the sailor who does not know how to steer the tiller, who does not know how to splice, who slips away from work on black nights; who, up on the arches, frantically clings to the mast with arms and legs, and blasphemes against the wind, the sleet, the darkness; the sailor who rants against the sea while others work. The last to appear and the first to disappear, when the call of ‘Everyone to the bridge!’ He is unable to do three-quarters of things and does not want to do what he can. The spoiled child of philanthropists and deluded inland people. The pitiful agitator who claims all his rights but is incapable of courage and endurance, who knows nothing of that tacit trust or of those unwritten pacts that bind the members of a crew. The individualistic offshoot of the miserable street dissipation filled with disdain and hatred for the austere servitude of the sea. Amn.

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