"It was during those long and lonely years that my hunger for the freedom of my own people became a hunger for the freedom of all people, white and black. I knew as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as the oppressed. A man who takes away another man’s freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness. I am not truly free if I am taking away someone else’s freedom, just as surely as I am not free when my freedom is taken from me. The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity."
“Un Techo para mi País” is a Latin American non-profit organization that mobilizes youth volunteers to eradicate the extreme poverty that affects more than 80 million people in the region. They work together with Latin America’s most marginalized populations, constructing transitional homes and implementing social inclusion programs to empower slum residents with the tools to improve their quality of life.
Brazilian attitude towards life: alegría!!
The Brazilian culture is a unique culture characterized by its people who, in spite of poverty and oppression, display open-mindedness, optimism, friendliness, hospitality, caring attitude, fullness of life, easy-going nature, love of music, and don’t miss a chance to celebrate with a festival or party!
It is these characteristics that a visitor experiences and leaves Brazil with, having a sense that, indeed, it is the “Land of Happiness.” The Brazilians are very relaxed, informal and warm. Their receptiveness, good humor, happiness and rhythm are very very contagious.
Canta, Canta, Minha Gente
Martinho da Vila
Verdade Zeca Pagodinho
Aquarela Brasileira Martinho da Vila
Não quero mais saber dela Arlindo Cruz & Sombrinha
He who becomes the slave of habit,
who follows the same routes every day,
who never changes his favorite brand,
who does not risk and change the color of his clothes,
who does not speak to strangers, dies slowly.
He who avoids passion,
who prefers black on white and dotting “ies” rather than a bundle of emotions,
especially the kind that makes your eyes glimmer, that turn a yawn into a smile,
that make the heart pound in the face of mistakes and feelings, dies slowly.
He who does not change things drastically, while being unhappy at work,
who does not have the courage to accept uncertainty to chase a dream,
who does not ignore a good advice at least once in his life, dies slowly.
He who does not travel, who does not read, who does not listen to music,
who does not find grace in himself, dies slowly.
He who slowly destroys his own self-esteem,
who does not allow himself to be helped,
who spends days on end complaining about his bad luck
or about the rain that never stops, dies slowly.
He who abandons a project before starting it,
who fails to ask questions on subjects he doesn’t know,
who does not reply when he is asked something he does know, dies slowly.
Let’s try and avoid death in small doses,
always reminding oneself that being alive
requires a lot more effort than the simple fact of breathing.
Only a burning patience will lead to the attainment of splendid happiness.
Take risks today!
Do it today!
Do not let yourself die slowly!
Do not impede you to be happy!