Yesterday I wrote about crime in São Paulo. A mention of the protests that are happening here quickly shifted the discussion.
This morning I came across the following important video on Facebook.
I’ll be the first to admit ignorance when I have spoken out on a subject of which I do not have all the relevant facts. What is more difficult to declare is denial.
I live in a bubble here in Brazil. I can’t even claim that it is a Brazilian bubble, because I’ve mostly managed an American life here, suffering through a few minor inconveniences, yet enjoying a whole bunch of Brazilian benefits. In the past two weeks that bubble was busted as actual São Paulo life, crime and political misconduct, infiltrated my world.
Rich resources and developing classes meant a number of people made big bets on Brazil during the past decade. But what they might not have understood were the underlying factors of how this country really operates. And how could they, when much of it is hidden behind political statements and news reports?
But now something is changing. The articulate and connected Brazilians are taking an interest in making the country a more well-run place. And that will bode well not just for Brazil, but for other economies.
It’s an interesting time to be here if I choose to pay attention.