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Arestas do Brasil / Edges of Brazil

Laboratory of ignorance

Bruno Peron, 10 April 2017

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Brazil composes a glaring scenario of political and social phenomena. Some external causes contribute strongly for this formation, as the question of what to do in face of the advent of new technologies (for example: Facebook, WhatsApp, Uber, robotics). There are also internal challenges which encourage us to calculate the itinerary to form and integrate a nation. We take part, for the time being, in a laboratory of ignorance. Because changes occur gradually, we should not expect that, from one day to another, Brazil would civilise itself.

The technical innovations coming from abroad have two effects. One is that of highlighting Brazilians’ character, as expressed in the jokes and mottos that circulate constantly around social networks and in Brazilians’ tendency to treat serious issues with grace. The other is that of disturbing the traditionally established businesses, as shown by the litigation between taxi drivers who hold licenses of city governments to operate and the new labour relations Uber’s drivers have. Thus, there is ambivalence in the use of new technologies: the charm of chatting applications, on the one hand, and the rupture of economic schemes caused by new technological resources, on the other.

In turn, the internal challenges for Brazil are even more complicated, inasmuch as Brazilians are still unwilling to constitute a civilisation. In its lands, labour culture is not prosperous enough to save us from assistentialism, since more is usually taken out from the system than that which is put into it (as our Social Security recently exemplifies). No country progresses if idleness prevails over labour dedication, if benefit predominates over contribution, and if self-advantage wins the common good. Opinions are very divided in relation to the path Brazil should follow: on the one hand, there are sectarians of state-dirigisme and state-provider; on the other, there are those who favour greater freedoms in cultural and economic development, as I support, taking into consideration that bureaucrats and statesmen come from a corrupt society.

The top of the list of internal challenges, yet, contains the neglect of the education of children and teenagers. The debate about school contents has been less relevant than teachers’ strikes and quotas for those who have dark skin. These are clear situations of drying water from ice. It is hard – even chimerical –to reflect on how a country where its children coexist with such educational disdain would progress. The biggest culprit is not the government but the stick-in-the-mud beings that suck in the state’s nipples and guarantee their survival to the detriment of general enlightenment. Change will be even slower while children do not have worthy examples at home, the street is a place for fortuitous violence, and classroom is an unpleasant and precarious place to be.

Learning is ennobling and pleasurable! Knowledge gets us more prepared to compose a nation and more trained for righteousness as an ethical behaviour. Brazil is not only a witness of perversion. There is evidence that its people have been more concerned with citizenship and democracy: neighbourhood meetings, social demands, street protests, punishment to criminals, imprisonment of corrupt politicians. Within their limits, Brazilians have expressed louder their anxiety and their ideals. It is in this swirl of ideas that political and social courses are corrected. The condition of civilisation is no longer a utopia; now it becomes an ideal of a vivid country.

For this purpose, Brazil needs to scare away from its great laboratory the threat of ignorance that spreads almost everywhere. A comprehensive and strong basic instruction will help dissipate the fog that obfuscates the ascension of this country. Let us become worth of a civilised and ordered Brazil.