The fear of setback


Elsa has bought a new DVD-player and an electric pressure cooker, but her husband warns that she must wait a bit for a mobile phone. He, who has seen things that made him shudder, still recalls the last “operation pot” of the nineties. On that occasion, his sister was accused of illicit enrichment and they confiscated two air conditioners, a car and some appliances. Therefore, he advised his wife not to get carried away by the enthusiasm of consumption, generated by recent measures adopted by the government.

In his paranoia her husband speculated about alleged lists with the names of those who buy new articles appearing on the market. For better or worse, Elsa has purchased every new object in the name of a different member of the family. So the seven-year-old girl is legally the owner of the pot, while the twelve-year-old son holds the title to the DVD player. The grandfather, who can barely hear, is the one whose name will appear on the cellular contract, if they decide to buy it.  Nor should it appear that they have begun to accumulate more products than they can afford with their wages.

The caution is not unique to Elsa and her suspicious husband, but extends to farmers fearing that the parcels of land the government has offered them the use of today, when they have been made productive and free of marabou, will be re-nationalized by the state.  Also those who have not been able to jump on the mattress of a hotel, are wary that the permission for local citizens to enter these places might reversed at any time.

The understandable fear of setback keeps us in suspense before each new announcement. Anyone would think that this is an excess of suspicion on our part, but the record speaks for itself. The more prudent wait for the dreaded process of rectification, while the unwary are swept along by the rapture of the changes.

Sign text.  Commander!  At your service!

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