«Americans only think money: no happiness...»
I met him in New York. He was the taxidriver nodding in irony to a motorbiker that seemed so much in a hurry... He told me: "Americans only think money. Money, money, money. No happiness". He asked from where I was. "Italy? Very beautiful. I lived there...". I asked where he lived. And he said he lived all over Europe: Germany, Serbia, Italy. His father was an ambassador from Ghana. Following his father he learned German, Serbian and other languages. He ended up in New York as a translator for the Un. When he was too old for that job, he quit and started as a taxidriver. But he doesn't like very much the American way of life. "If you think too much to money, you have no time. And no happiness".
His name in America is John Baffo (that's what he said). He is an Ashanti.
Ashanti people live in Ghana. They were strong and proud. They resisted the British empire more than any other people in Africa. They still are strong and proud. And they judge our economic culture as a real mess...
Yes, I'm looking for different economic cultures...
Luca De Biase, blogging from Italy
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