28 Nov 2009

Cocaine, LSD, Methamphetamine, Ecstasy, Heroin, Marijuana and so forth

Let’s talk about an issue that everyone says is prohibited and makes people unhealthy but that's very rare to see any advertising against it: DRUGS.

Tell me something: who did tell you that drugs make your body sick and is considered illegal? In the school? Your parents? When talking to your friends? Probably one of those. Have you ever noticed that is VERY RARE to watch on television or cinema any propaganda against drugs? It should be one of the most efficient ways of telling people about the power of destruction of drugs. However they do not do it.

It’s left me thinking about it.

By watching TV, I noticed that at some intervals, journalists say some reportages about cases of drugs. It is related to artists, players, businesswomen/men, politicians and all sorts of people from high society. We know that drugs is part of luxury.

We all could see that Andre Agassi, a former World No. 1 professional American tennis player who won eight Grand Slam singles tournaments and an Olympic gold medal in singles, wrote a book in what he confesses he made use of crystal methamphetamine.

It is only one case among so many others.

How many artists have you heard about that use or have used drugs? It is almost like part of any artistic party! I’m not going to cite names anymore; it isn’t my intention on this text. I just want to take your attention to this because who make drug cartels working are the high society! Cocaine, for example, means luxury.

How many films have you ever watched where “drug addicted” are shown inhaling cocaine, smoking marijuana and all kinds of drugs? As we see, there’s only propaganda in behalf of using drugs. So, if it is just like this, it’s absolutely understandable why the US never won the war on drugs inside Colombia.

It isn’t easy to fight against a market which moves on more than $70 billions only in the US, exceeding revenues by corporations such as Starbucks! Perhaps, it is a reason why there’s no advertises telling people that drugs like heroin, LSD, cocaine, marijuana, crack, methamphetamine, ecstasy, mandrax, dagga, barbiturates, etc, are harmful to our bodies and minds. The value and interest behind those drugs are higher than we can even imagine.

Thinking on this and looking at Rio de Janeiro, I feel sorrow for people who suffer with this (just to comment on an isolated example).

Let me explain.

For a long time Rio’s police have been fighting on drug traffickers and cartels that took over hills and shantytowns along all the city. I see it as an endless fighting.
The criminals use all types of weapons, ranging from grenades to antitank rockets. They fight not only the police but also rival gangs. Everyday lots of innocents, that are taken aback for street fighters, die in reason of those battles.

Why do those many people die?

Yes. These innocents die everyday to give way to drugs arrive in middle and high classes society. Those combats take place to make an artist party more lively and enjoyable. It happens because there are politicians and even some police officers who win a high amount of money to leave drug cartels make theirs “business” without being bothered. They die to give place to lives of orgy and luxury.

There are too much money involved in.

Well, looking all over it, we can see that the high and middle class are somewhat sponsors of all those deaths. So what? It’s fine to be a famous addicted, isn’t? It’s chic!
Deaths? Well, it doesn’t matter! What matter is to have lively parties and enjoy life (even if this joy is just an illusion)!

Welcome to hell, my old chap!

15 Nov 2009

Making a Wish - there are still great people in the world!

You, that usually visit and read my Blog, knows that I’m of the mind that human beings are more prone to bad things than to make nice ones. As usual, I still think like this.

However, last week, I could see that there are wonderful people with great hearts doing everything they can, to help others.

Perhaps you have already heard about “Make a Wish Foundation” (If not, it is a Organisation that do everything possible to make children wishes who have some kind of terminal (or very serious) diseases, come true).

This Foundation, contacted the company I work for, to ask for help to make a boy’s wish come true. This boy, called Vinicius, 11yo., has a dream of becoming airplane’s pilot (by the way, I work for “GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes”) and after everything adjusted, it was agreed that GOL would do all possible to make this boy happy.

I was just impressed by all team who worked a lot to make this boy pleased!
Starting with the two girls who are volunteers to Make a Wish Foundation, passing by the Captain who contacted the headship of the company to get authorisation to put it forward and finishing with the special chosen Flight Attendant who rendered all assistance and kindness to Vinicius and his parents, besides all people involved in this task, it was actually, a lesson of compassion!

For sure, this boy will never forget the gifts he received from GOL, the visit to Congonhas’ Tower Control (with support of all Air Force staff), the flight to Rio de Janeiro with Captain Corano, Co-Pilot Migueis and Flight Attendant Sandra, as well as his relatives and Make a Wish personnel.

Those actions, just show us that despite our world looking upside down, there are still terrific people doing amazing things for another human being, without thinking in taking advantage of, or getting something in exchange.

It must be registered.

Congratulations to all!