Feiling also has a mixed view of Colombian culture. On the plus side, there are the great parties, the warm hospitality, a strong work ethic, good manners, and a boundless amount of happiness and well-being that is stunning considering the past couple of dark decades that the country has lived through. But Feiling is highly critical of the lack of imagination that prevails among many Colombians, noting that they rarely strive for self-improvement, can hardly ever stand to be alone, and don’t seem to have very many hobbies. Their instinct is to conform, be deferential to those in power, and not examine their lives all that much. Feiling wonders if these cultural traits only serve to institutionalize severe inequality and prevent innovative solutions to dire social problems, and his sharp observations will make you think even if you are inclined to disagree with him and take his criticisms personally.