Saturday, June 23, 2018

Debating is fun, but people don't like it

I have this tendency/impulse to say somewhat controversial things that I don't necessarily agree with just to stir things up, I love a constructive debate and I'm usually open to be proven wrong. The problem is that most people seem to avoid any sort of constructive debate, the result is one of the following:

1) People taking things personally, fighting, and offending each other;
2) People focusing on superficial subjects and avoiding any type of deeper conversation or debate;
3) People talking only about things everybody agrees on. 

The first one is toxic, the other two are boring as f*. Why is it so hard for people to have constructive debates? Why is it so important to convince others of your own views? Listening to different points of view and maybe changing my own view about something seems much more fun. I crave for this sort of thing. Unfortunately, it's really hard to find people that enjoy this sort of conversation. Most of the time I end up feeling that I'm being inappropriate when I try to start a debate about something. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

American Gods, African Goddess, Brazilian New Year's Eve

While reading American Gods (by Neil Gaiman), I caught myself revisiting the culture of my country of origin, searching for the "gods" and folkloric figures that were brought there a long time ago. In a mostly Christian country such as Brazil, one could assume that other religions would be confined to smaller groups of people, probably not making it to the mainstream culture. But it turns out that some old gods and folkloric figures from unexpected places enjoy great popularity in the mainstream culture of Brazil.

One such figure is Yemanjá, the Nigerian queen of the seas. There are statues of her on every other beach in Brazil.  She is a popular figure, mentioned in songs, books, etc. There are holidays dedicated to this African goddess and her worshipers wear white and make offers to the seas. On New Year's Eve, it became a tradition for Brazilians from all sorts of backgrounds, religious or not, to wear white and go to the beach. What happens next might seem a bit odd for outsiders: at midnight, people jump over 7 waves, making their wishes to Yemanjá (or whatever they believe in).

Another interesting figure is Saci Pererê, it could be roughly described as the Brazilian Leprechaun (in terms of type of creature and popularity). The Saci Pererê also grants wishes to whomever catches him. But, in my opinion, he's way naughtier than the Leprechaun. He also looks cooler (again, in my opinion): he's a one legged black boy with a red cap. The thing I find most interesting about him is that he has origins in the Indigineous folklore and was later adopted and modified by African slaves to entertain their children. He goes waaay back, from the deep roots of Brazil. :)

I feel that this post needed some conclusion, but I'm terrible at those, so I'm ending it here. Happy New Year or something. :)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Comfort Zone

Here are some random personal thoughts about the so called comfort zone:

This whole thing about "getting out of the comfort zone" makes little sense to anxious people. For anxious people there is the "uncomfortable zone" and the "absolutely hell zone". I wish I could get in the comfort zone for a change.

They say it's important to get out of the comfort zone in order to grow and have more exciting experiences, but I feel that most of the crazy/audacious things I've done in my life were because I was trying to "break free" of my "uncomfortable zone" (i.e.: trying to find my comfort zone). Sometimes I find it, but I never manage to stay there for long.

That's it. Tchau!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Favorite Scenes

So, I decided to bring this blog back to life (for now). A few years ago, I deleted everything, so this is my first post for the "new" blog. Behold a list of some of my favorite scenes.

Parks & Rec: Ron Swanson - Why Government Matters


A lesson from the best character in the history of TV shows.



My Wife and Kids: How to deal with your kids if they hit the weed


Some good parenting advice.



Friends: Joe speaking French


Blah de la bluh de bluh blah bleh.



How I met your Mother: Ted and Marshall high at a concert


I couldn't find it on Youtube, but here is the link: https://vimeo.com/37854174
That's it for now. ;)