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  • When Helena Kolody, a famous Brazilian poetess was hommaged by school children in the occasion of a birthday, she told them that they should keep on studying, "Knowledge is the only good that a thief can't take from you. Material wealth can be stolen, but knowledge is the only good you which stay with yourself forever".

    I have to disagree of it. Helena Kolody was a wise writer, and I've always listened to this maxim as truth, but when I was caught by her words on the TV, I understood that reality happens in a more complex way.

    At that time I was working as assistant teacher for preparatory courses, without any legal right assured for my work. It was not a job, but it was what I had. I admit I felt unsure to look for another fair opportunity and started to accomodated myself to the worst circumstances. I've learned the difficult way that my long time friend, who was always promising me to get me the work contract, after years, never had the real intention of hiring me and let me by my own. No money, no rights, no rest, no health, no plans for the future, no friendship. Only bills to pay.

    Of course I was too naive, but after that time, even taking caution for not being harmed by bad friends, it didn't prevent me from having my work stolen. These are the days when no one needs many stuff to be drained. Knowledge, writings, ideas, efforts for developing and applying methods, researches... Or the basic of skills for manual labor, or gears as cars, computers, fridges to be used in expense of someone who trust some cause... Or at least time, to live and learn other things and ideas. Utter exploitation!

    Who have never been enthusiastically convoked to "wear the shirt" of the cause/business/purpose? "Just buy the shirt and be nice and learn all about the project!" "We love you! You can't leave without 3UMEEH!!". "Join our fellowship! Be a volunteer!". By the way, the competition seems to be far worse in volunteer works; people in general like so much the power to influence others, even in charities.

    Maybe it's my nature to believe in a good work and make what's possible to make it perfect my way. But I feel sad of watching how friend's eyes change on people around as soon as they realize others can do well a job, so they cheat partners to take the honor for someone else's work, and don't let good ideas grow if it means to lose advantages. In Curitiba where I was grown, the mayor told a few days ago that he doesn't want the policemen to graduate because they would be insubordinated. Mindless people is great just to fit in requested positions and only growing in plans when it's requested, too, while these workers are useful. This is the Bravery of the New World for people who want just to work without great ambitions. Or worse: if one's a working class person who thinks by yourself and express it on behalf of major interests, then one's risked to be fired.

    Oh, I remember when someone who was my only help told me "who's not competent can't establish a name". Well then, I'm still uninstalled, disappointed and disappointing. For the moment I'm only preserving myself, but it's pitiful to be shrunk in my hurt pride. Plans were made for me, and I feel like an unburst popcorn. And I'm just tired to pretend to be a fool and see "friends" getting my work as "help" to review and publish their works without giving me credits. They are well succeded and have a living, and don't care about me. I feel bad for not being useful and rewarded forr my work. I still have to find my own values to know what's worth in what I love to do.

    When principles are not in the beginning, the end justify the means - I've learned. It works for parents and children, brothers and sisters, friends, workers and bosses either. Principles are the difference between men and self-predators.

    (Photo "The Genographic Project", from - I loved the interrogation point on the map!)
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