Brasil Post | By Rodolfo Viana
The World Cup ended in disappointment for Brazil, but offered the world a good image of the country — at least to the foreigners that came to the event. According to government data, Brazil hosted more than 1 million “gringos” coming from 203 different countries, and 95 percent of them intend to visit the country again.
Here are 7 things the rest of the world can learn from Brazil and its people.
They have a rich literary tradition
Our literature is a treasure that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Abroad, meanwhile, our writers are revered. Recently, the Guardian wrote about authors made in Brazil and declared the country is as good in producing books as it is in playing soccer. And our best writer is Machado de Assis, who studied at universities outside Brazil and is on literary critic Harold Bloom’s list of 100 geniuses, alongside writers such as Dante Alighieri, William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. In addition, Bloom elected our Machadão (great Machado) “the greatest black writer in the West.” A writer who, perhaps unknowingly, described the Brazilian spirit so well when he wrote: “The art of living consists in getting the greatest good out of the greatest evil”. This serves as a lesson not only to Brazilians, but also to the whole world.
They offer a lifeline to their most vulnerable
While some criticize it for being government assistance, others praise its results. Notwithstanding, Bolsa Familia, a national welfare program that gives financial aid to poor families on the condition that children go to school and get vaccinated, has been widely praised for offering a lifeline to struggling Brazilians. As The Economist notes, the city of New York has adopted a similar model. Thanks in part to […]