Land of Plenty
I’m thinking : “Where DOES that smile and that laugh come from? …does it come from Brazil’s past? …or does it come from the future?” It would be easiest to explain it coming from the present : it is sunny here, people feel attractive and they have their football-beautiful.
Brazil’s future is bright whereas all but 3 other countries in the World are on the backheel, recalling better times…in the past. Even in the U.S.A. which since its goldrush inception has been adding to its wealth of wealths and confidence and sense of history, is now thinking better times and best of times are ALL behind them.
Brazil is bigger than the USA if you take out Alaska. Much of that idea of America! as the land of opportunity could soon be switched from North America to South America, with warring Mexico inbetween.
Brazil has huge natural resources, as well as endless road-horizons. It has oil /sugarcane-as-oil for generations to come. It has water, the new oil. It can feed its people essentials. Berries and every fruit plus remedial herbs-in-the-jungle-not-even-discovered-yet can be added to the host of woods, wheats, cocoa already on offer. It has human resources and little cause for unemployment.
But Brazil does not think of itself at-the-centre-of-everything, but rather a little bit out on a limb, surrounded by its South American colleagues. And it seemingly likes it that way.