Peace and tranquility. Doesn’t exist in Brazil, anywhere.
Intelligent debate. ditto
Decent television. ditto
Fast, reliable, cheap internet. ditto
Safety and security. ditto
Roads you can drive on. ditto
Critical thinking. ditto
A political system that works. ditto
A legal system that works. ditto
A banking system that works. ditto
Quality in anything. ditto
Separation of church from state. ditto
Decent cheese. ditto
Consumer protection. ditto
Accountants who understand that a Balance Sheet should balance. ditto (I kid not).
My favourite two quotes are “Brazil is the country of the future…and always will be” and “corruption in Brazil is endemic”. Having lived here on-and-off now for over a decade, I can see nothing that has put the most microscopic dent in the fundamental truth of either of these two statements. Of course, it’s not all bad. In fact my next post will try to consider things from the opposite perspective. That should be fun.
Thanks to Pete and to events of the past few weeks for the inspiration for this outburst.