The people of Brazil are not at peace

The people of Brazil are not at peace


We live trying to reconcile the disunited. This trick of wanting to make Brazil a country of peaceful, calm people and distorting the hospitality advocated by Sérgio Buarque de Holanda. Brazil is a country in constant war.

This conversation that there is no conflict here and that the country is living in peace is not a current issue for the radical position that we live in the environment of electoral conflicts. In this country we have already experienced fanatical nights like the “Night of the Bottle”, a well-known episode in the history of Brazil, where Emperor Dom Pedro I was welcomed by allies in Rio de Janeiro and at the same time felt the wrath of opponents.

The conflict between the two sides ended in fights and bottles flying everywhere. Therefore, dislike of others is not new and confrontation with others, supporters, is not new either. The emperor would abdicate that year and the episode was a reflection of the unbearable state of tension in which the country lived and still lives.

Perpetual warfare is not always emphasized in textbooks or popularly as a research record, however many read “urban warfare”, what the German essayist Hans Magnus Enzensberger calls “perpetual civil war”. Jurandir Freire Costa, a Brazilian social scientist, calls it “social fear”. How many do not live in the “confrontation zone” and are always ready to be attacked and, if possible, attack first.

This trend of aggression, abuse, over-commitment, is a cult of abuse by the abuser and the abuser. Characters that Brazil has filled in its history. A representative who forces himself and abuses himself, whether he is a public figure and his patriotic culture, to think that the benefit of the public is his personal property; or to an extravagant businessman who combines the company with the expansion of his back farm where he raises domesticated animals and his cattle for slaughter, called a partner; or by security forces created by the poor to beat the poor like mulatto forest captains capturing and beating black slaves.

Talking about this topic also falls within the limits of those who ignore school desks and have little knowledge about ideas and ideologies. The defense of citizenship and the right to freedom, the principle of legal equality and the respectful treatment of the population, the basic principles of liberalism, are seen by many as the rhetoric of the left of socialism. They do not know that a well-educated conservative liberal with intellectual superiority would agree with these values.

So extreme positions continue to exist. It permeates our daily lives and we are a part of it. The academic and cultural concerns of civilized life collide with everyday life where the act of managing common life has no project of change, only permanence. The slogan of turning the country into a “nation of the future” is outdated. The future has arrived and we are still waiting without “leaving the place” or taking slow steps in what is most important to improve the living conditions of many people, to build a better future that is talked about a lot and never comes.