The True Independence of Brazil

At the Ipiranga river bank Pedro I gives the famous acclamation: “Independence or death!”

That’s what we learn in school.

Did Brazil get really free?

It’s not necessary to go to school to answer that. We all know that we are lacking many steps to reach all the People freedom from the spiritual, mental and material misery. While there is poverty in the house of a Brazilian, Independence won’t be really achieved.

The Human Being is the generator of all progress

In my article “Independence” published by ‘Folha de São Paulo” on September 9, 1987, I could discourse about the subject:

“(...) The great mistake of the people rulers has been to ignore, at the brink of the Third Millennium, that the Gospel and the Apocalypse of the Lord of the Earth have solutions to the modern problems. The Good News of Jesus talks to the inner core of each creature. The Human Being with his Eternal Spirit, must be the center of Economy, because he is the generator of all progress. Without him there is neither work nor capital.

“The wealth of a country is in the heart of its People. However, entire nations still suffer misery... It is convenient to remember that empty stomachs and frustrated spirits are not, in general, willing to listen. The Brazilian writer and politician José Américo, declared in a bitter moment that “scandal is to die of hunger in Canaan.” And Saint Ambrosio, Saint Agostinho’s mentor asserted: “If you own great wealth and your brother is hungry, you are a thief. If the needing die, you are a murderer! In times when, due to technology advances, production expectations are surpassed, hunger is really a scandal! Anachronistically, never has the world known so much abundance and so much misery. Economy is lacking Solidarity.”

“Brazil won’t be really independent while its sons don’t have the minimal conditions to a honorable life, it will only be the slave of its self imposed limitations. The internal obstacles cause more damage to the People’s progress that the outside ones. According to Alziro Zarur (1914-1979) both freedom and slavery are born from the Spirit of Man. Thus, this warning from the Christ: You the Temple of Christ Alive will know the Truth and the Truth of God will set you free. However, we must renew our destiny everyday (...)”

José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”