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False patriotism of brazilian people with the world cup

  1. 1. 1 FALSE PATRIOTISM OF BRAZILIAN PEOPLE WITH THE WORLD CUP Fernando Alcoforado * The patriotism that Brazilians seek to demonstrate in the World Cup is false because it is caused by alienation by which the people is submitted based on the illusory idea that by twisting the Brazilian national team will be playing their role as citizens. How can a person be patriotic just in time for the World Cup cheering the victory of the Brazilian team and then do nothing to improve your country? Football in general and the World Cup, in particular, are instruments of holders of political and economic power to maintain ignorance among the masses of illiterate and destitute and get the support of the most educated and affluent who lack a critical sense political social. It is unfortunate seeing the fake Brazilian patriotism emerge in full force at the time of world football championships, while true patriotism does not happen among Brazilians to prevent your rulers hand over their national wealth to foreign capital as has occurred in Brazil from the colonial period to the current times. During the World Cup, the Brazilians buy flags and green and yellow shirts to show off his "love of country" and paralyze their activities during the games to see twenty-two men running after a ball. Who does not know Brazil, think there is a real patriotism here, but unfortunately is not the case. "Patriotism" is only seasonal in Brazil, occurring in only season games Brazilian team and World Cup. Football has turned into a circus for the Brazilian people to make a lot of alienated people consider the World Cup to what's most important in their lives. It should be noted that during the Roman Empire, the politics of bread and circuses (panem et circus in the original Latin) as it became known, was the way in which the Roman leaders dealt with the general population, to keep her faithful the established order and gain their support. This policy was adopted by the Roman emperors contemplating the distribution of cereals and promoting various events to entertain and distract the people from more serious problems existing in Roman society. During the Roman Empire, in times of crisis, the authorities calmed the people by building huge arenas in which bloody spectacles were held involving gladiators, wild animals, chariot races, stunts, bands, and shows with clowns, theater artists and horse racing. Another custom of the emperors was the distribution of cereals monthly in Portico of Minucius in Rome. Basically, these "gifts" to the Roman people ensured that the mob did not die of hunger nor revolted against those in power. The advantage of this practice was that, while the population was pleased and appeased the Emperor's popularity among the humblest was consolidated. Loosely speaking, in Brazil, the Bolsa Familia program works like the "bread" and the World Cup like the "circus". The hosting of the World Cup this year operates as if it were "circus" for the Brazilian people to dispose of it away from the struggle for solving serious national problems. The victory of the Brazilian team at the World Cup can act as "opium" for the Brazilian people not revolt against the current power holders that do not meet their demands and aspire to renew the mandate in the next presidential elections in October. It should be noted that repeated use of opium leads to habit, the addiction and then a physical and intellectual decadence of the individual. This was one of the instruments of domination of China by the British Empire.
  2. 2. 2 As for true patriotism, antithesis of false Brazilian seasonal patriotism, it is important to note that it is a feeling that means loving the country as one loves a father, a mother or to their children, love their people as if they were brothers, and feel able to share the pain and suffering of his people, suffer rape and outrage of the motherland, take and show your patriotic feelings towards any circumstances, live your day to day life as a child of his land, even from miles away, terminate in loud and clear, wherever you are, those who oppress and cause suffering brothers homeland, not condoning domestic or foreign criminals who use the motherland for their illicit business and only for their own profit, not condoning those that increase hatred and divisiveness among the brethren of homeland, whether that motivation, is not collude with criminals who use violent means to reach the country's leadership and not collude with criminals who are using weapons that were to be used for the defense of the people and not to oppress their own people. According to Charles de Gaulle, Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first and nationalism is when the hatred of other peoples comes first. For these reasons, being patriotic is much more than being nationalistic. The terms Nationalism and Patriotism are not synonymous, although nowadays very often used as such. Are terms that have different stories. Patriotism has a much more ancient history. Patriotism is a word that originates from the Greek patris. For the ancient Greeks, the word was associated with identification with and devotion to a language, traditions and history, ethics, law, and common religion. Patriotism arose long before the concept of nation- state. Even in the eighteenth century in Western Europe, patriotism was understood as individual responsibility towards other citizens, a devotion to humanity and an ethic of equality and charity towards the disadvantaged and those who were part of the community, regardless of their cultural or profile Ethnic. That is, Patriotism was not related to an ethnic group, a geographic location, or an autonomous political organization. It arises in the nineteenth century that the concept of nationalism and nation as a political entity, entitled to one (the nation state) State. The Nation emerges as something to be protected; hence the need for a state of their own; hence various nationalisms have led to numerous international conflicts throughout history, many devastating as the First and Second World War. In this sense, the concept of nationalism is in deep contradiction with the concept of internationalism, or cooperation and fraternal link between communities of nations who communicate the same humanity. This contradiction does not exist, however, between Patriotism and Internationalism because the individual can be both patriotic and internationalist. From the foregoing, after the presentation of the concepts of patriotism, one can conclude that they are false expressions of patriotism by the Brazilian people during the World Cup. It is important to note that the concepts of nationalism and internationalism were presented in this paper to distinguish them from the concept of true patriotism. The pity is that the "circus" of the World Cup in Brazil is armed with much of alienated people thinking it is acting patriotically rooting for the success of the Brazilian national team while economic problems of the country are worsening every passing day. * Fernando Alcoforado , member of the Bahia Academy of Education, engineer and doctor of Territorial Planning and Regional Development from the University of Barcelona, a university professor and consultant in strategic planning, business planning, regional planning and planning of energy systems, is the author of Globalização (Editora Nobel, São Paulo, 1997), De Collor a FHC- O Brasil e a Nova (Des)ordem Mundial (Editora Nobel, São Paulo, 1998), Um Projeto para o Brasil (Editora Nobel, São Paulo, 2000), Os condicionantes do desenvolvimento do Estado da Bahia (Tese de doutorado. Universidade de Barcelona, http://www.tesisenred.net/handle/10803/1944, 2003), Globalização e
  3. 3. 3 Desenvolvimento (Editora Nobel, São Paulo, 2006), Bahia- Desenvolvimento do Século XVI ao Século XX e Objetivos Estratégicos na Era Contemporânea (EGBA, Salvador, 2008), The Necessary Conditions of the Economic and Social Development-The Case of the State of Bahia (VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co. KG, Saarbrücken, Germany, 2010), Aquecimento Global e Catástrofe Planetária (P&A Gráfica e Editora, Salvador, 2010), Amazônia Sustentável- Para o progresso do Brasil e combate ao aquecimento global (Viena- Editora e Gráfica, Santa Cruz do Rio Pardo, São Paulo, 2011) and Os Fatores Condicionantes do Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (Editora CRV, Curitiba, 2012), among others.