My original purpose when I came to Brazil was to party, enjoy the beaches. I have no intention of spending most of the next 4 years within your borders. I have learned a lot about your culture, language, traditions.
That’s right, you read it right: you guys are the problem. I’m sure you don’t want to be a problem, but you actively participate in and maintain it, every day. It is the culture, beliefs and ways of thinking that lay the foundation for Brazilians to choose to think and live their lives in their own country.
Imagine driving a car with your friend late at night. Your friend rushes down a dark, empty slope. Your friend has been drinking alcohol before and doesn’t pay attention to causing the accident of crashing into an expensive car parked on the side of the road. Before anyone found out, you slipped smoothly.
The next day, the police knocked on your door asking about the car that was hit and they asked if you knew anything about it. Most Brazilians sacrifice their families and close relatives because they believe that if they do not do so, they are selfish.
But I now believe that Brazilian culture is inherently selfish. Taking care of your family and your inherent friends is a form of selfishness. Brazilians will often trick strangers if possible to benefit their families and call it sacrifice.
In fact, it cannot be called a sacrifice. Sacrificing means giving up our own interests to strangers and for the good of the whole society on a large scale.
Many gringos believe that Brazilians are lazy. I don’t think Brazilians are lazy at all. On the other hand, Brazilians have more energy than any other nation I’ve ever known in the world.
Complacency is not happiness. Smug is the lousy photoshop version of happiness. It looks beautiful but it is not real and it cannot last long.
In Brazil, if someone arrives an hour late, people will wait until he or she arrives. If someone wants to go early, he or she must go alone, and is called a fool. If someone in the family runs his or her own life and spends money, other members need to support and give money to this person.