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At last, the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games came to an end. Brazil can now embark in a new era where it can see, through the eyes of the world, that yes, it is a beautiful country.
There is no day without night. No light without darkness and no courage without fear. We, Brazilians, we are brave. From the moment we wake up and face our cities, our immensurable structure and public services problems, we are heroes. Whomever was born in Leblon, Paraisópolis or in the countryside of Bahia shares the same land and breaths the same air. It is a huge country. Continental. Unequal. Forró and bossa nova lives in the same space. Brazilians eat foods of the same origin and dive into the same ocean.
Yes, we are divided. Just like the whole World in 2016. Opinions vary between cultures, faiths, opposite and contradictory backgrounds.
No one wanted to believe in the Olympic Games. It really seemed unreal that Rio de Janeiro in an impeachment year and in the middle of an economic catastrophe would be able to be a good host to all these people from all around the world and run a series of organized events, thus building up the Brazilian self-steam.
The cariocas had a long one-month holyday, but the city actually worked. The differences are there, from the beach to the morro and suburbs. Even with the army on the streets, the differences stand out. Explicit. The fear is in Rio, but the peace lives there, too. The world is panicking. Terrorism is an international issue and even the beaches in the south of France are victims. Security nowadays is something that has no space or place.
However, Brazil did it beautifully. Gorgeously, I would say.
We actually did show our best. Because we are good. The government is terrible, but Brazilians are good. When we focus, we are the best. It was a show from start to finish.
With all the differences, the beautiful in Brazil might the most beautiful in the whole wide world. It was the diversity-Olympics. The world came out in many ways. The ones who embarrassed themselves were the North American swimmers that made up stories and the journalist who invaded Grindr to get a scoop, exposing the athletes in an invasive and incoherent way, using the freedom of speech that dominated the Cidade Maravilhosa. That has showed us that, as Brazilians, we can be superior, we can set an example and we can launch a movement to the world. It does not matter our social issues.
We are beautiful.