So the plan from the Ministry of the Interior’s planning department was useless, said the second assistant, It’s always the same when they don’t take the elementary precaution of consulting the people who’ve got the experience, replied the first assistant, Our leaders got plenty of experience, said the second assistant, if he hadn’t, he wouldn’t be where he is today, Sometimes, being too close to the centers of decision-making brings on myopia, makes you short-sighted, replied the first assistant sagely, Do you mean to say that if we ever get to a position of real power, like the chief, the same thing will happen to us, asked the second assistant, There’s no reason why, in this particular case, the future should be any different from the present, replied the first assistant wisely.

~Seeing, José Saramago


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