We are a unique people in several aspects. Some popular observations are correct. Among us there are "laws that diffuse" and "laws that don't diffuse", it depends on to whom will it be applied. The rigidity of the law shocks with the
“ Brazilian way o life ", based on favor, in the troubleshooter.
Sérgio Buarque de Hollanda aims some characteristics of our social formation in the classic "Raízes do Brasil ". We are a cordial people, very informal in many ways. However other nations treat each other formally, in Brazil people are know by nickname diminutive, instead of the honorary, for instance: "Seu Luizinho", "Dona Candinha"...
Even saints amongst us deserve this treatment, like Santa Terezinha, for example.
The transplantation of an Iberian society to Latin America brought some peculiarities and singularities. After more than 700 years of Islamic dominance, male domination over women still reigns today in societies of Iberian origin like ours.
The need of the implantation of slave labor made such a mess with the value of the manual work. The decadent nobility or the emergent lusitanian bourgeoisie didn't want to dirty their hands with rude labor and so they have dedicated themselves into activities of the spirit or even the dolce far niente .
In comparison with the people of the North - specially Canadian and North-Americans – we are "sowers", while those people are the "builders". We Sowed the earth, we sowed cities, but our care with details of the finish and maintenance is far away distant... In our favor the fact of the sowing produce full fruits, providing work close to for a long time in the crop. In comparison, "builder", after concluding the construction work, his only duty is to leave it for the neighbor.
The Brazilian is cordial, affectionate, frank and friend, to the point of European, Japanese managers and North Americans are always astonished because they need, before doing business, to firm companionship liaisons, the Brazilian manager's friends be turned as conditio sine qua non , for the accomplishment in the business. It is that the Brazilian doesn't get to separate the public's dimensions and that of the private dimension. The manager is the citizen and the company all the same and to be friend of the company speeds up the negotiations. Such thing doesn't occur in the First World. The dimension of the friendship, of the companionship, finally, is completely different from that of the world of the business. For there it is correct to affirm, differently of our practice: " Friends, friends, business to the part..."
Beside that we have regional differences. In Rio de Janeiro, for example, the beach simplifies the intimacy among the people (it is complicated to be formal in summary clothes, like bath suits!) and that invites permanently not to forget the ludic dimension. In São Paulo, to the opposite, the distance of the sea and the crowded noise of the city invites to the accomplishment of business even in elegant dinners, with people appropriately dressed and things as such.
In the whole way the study of the characteristics of the Brazilian fascinates so much that no one would dare to propose an alteration of our peculiarities. We are like this. Intimists, respectful to the law since it is known with who are we speaking to, boisterous in our relationships, lacks us discretion and even the sense of ridiculous morality that arrives to a process of impeachment of a president for a small married infidelity. Such is not important to us, on the contrary! In terra brasilis , Bill Clinton would receive applauses and praises, for his performance in this dimension! Not for the economic politics that he captains and FHC obeyed like a dog, but for the ability in defending his parents' national interests between a marriage infidelity and another.
I am proud of being Brazilian. Here we are everybody's friends and the Hindu adage informs that we are everybody as branches of the same tree or waves of the same ocean. No one could find more fertile and favorable echo to that in other places.
It lacks us, naturally, an only one and solidificating massive movement, a solid faith in patriotic values, for example. In this sense the government FHC have got right when he intended to revive the cultural rootses of our civism, raped by the regimen of exception from 1964-1982. If in that period, "the plumbean years", civism was synonymous of repression or agreement no critical with the regimen implanted bye force, today we still seeking the restoration of the most genuine patriotic values...
Politically, under José Sarney we lived years historically known as "Lost Age". Under FCH it was a "Evil Age". Under Lula da Silva we live a "Treason Age". I cry for my people
Lázaro Curvêlo Chaves 25/02/2006