Name: Cuba Aliados Cabinet Selection Gran Toro
Size: (6 1/2 inches x 56)
Strength: Medium to Full
The last Cuba Aliados Cabinet Selection I had was paired with peated whisky. It was a success. But, this time, I felt like pairing this one with lager, and so I did. I got notes of cocoa, leather, some hints of cashew and cedar, too.
The cigar burned slowly and kept me company for almost two hours. And in those two hours, I worked. Overtime. And when I was done with work, I spent some time thinking. I thought about work. And I thought until my fingers burned.
I know one thing: I’ve been working too much and living too little. I’ve known this for years. But what can I do? I come from a working-class family. I have to work as much as I can, make money as much as I can, so that I eventually cease being a “working-class man.”
I go inside and stare at my bookshelves. I suddenly have the urge to add meaning to my life. I don’t want to be an automaton. I want to set myself free.
I pick a book called Human, All Too Human. Nietzsche. How long has it been?
Standing there, eyes probably red, I start turning the pages and read sentences that I have underlined years ago.
Nietzsche writes, “If a man is something, it is not really necessary for him to do anything – and yet he does a great deal. There is a human species higher even than the ‘productive’ man.”
And maybe that man is the one who completed his work and now has time to enjoy his cigar without disturbance.
Or maybe he means something else entirely.
The productive man is too busy working, and he doesn’t have time to think. He is not living in the world; he is living in his work.
But is that a bad thing?
I don’t know. It seems that I’m back outside on the balcony drinking, and I’m sitting next to many empty beer bottles. I’m too drunk to know. And I’m already reading other underlined sentences. This one says: “A profession is the backbone of life.”
I’m exhausted. I better call it a night.