‘I am not afraid of eternity’. This often-heard phrase has become a mantra in Cuba’s marginalised neighbourhoods, where adversity and hardship are part of daily life. Projecting indifference is highly valued in the face of mounting problems and challenges. Many Cubans choose to ‘sit and wait-out’ tough times and let life pass them by. The challenge, therefore, transforms into the individual’s ability to self-mute; to numb feelings of ‘good or bad’ and ‘right or wrong’; and to accept their fate, even if it lasts an eternity.