Some food for thought on the day Brazil celebrates its 199th independence day

Brazil Uncovered - D. Pedro I declared Brazil independent from Portugal on September 7, 1822. The monarchy built a solid country sheltered from the illuminist ideas sweeping across Europe at the time.
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D. Pedro I declared Brazil independent from Portugal on September 7, 1822. The monarchy built a solid country sheltered from the illuminist ideas sweeping across Europe at the time.

Independence refers to the idea of freedom at many levels. Can we really say we live in a free country? Are we really free to come and go without any restrictions? Are we free to think differently from consensus and share that opinion? Are we free? Are we free to speak our minds about anything, a person or an institution without being treated as criminals? If you replied “yes” to those questions, you are a slave to the common sense, the media and the narratives imposed by schools and all levels of government. You are unable to think for yourself and you don’t realize it.

If you see people being persecuted in the name of “democracy”, “public health” and “freedom” and you don’t see a problem with it, you will only see what authoritarianism means when something you hold dear is threatened by a superior power and you are powerless against it. A shallow and limited imaginary cannot understand this, so you carry on. After all, the problem doesn’t involve you, and the State, the media and your favorite artists can’t be that wrong, they all want what’s best for you, right? But if something tells you that there’s a lot of wrong things going on and they seem to be getting worse, rest assured that you’re not alone.

We live an Orwellian reality, and if you know what that means you also know that there’s nothing to celebrate on this September 7. Not if your sense of reality and proportion is intact.

May God protect Brazil and may our people receive the divine mercy to build better days expecting nothing from any governments. May they work on their faith and traditions in their families, social circles and their loved ones. The positive change must come from below.

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