sexta-feira, 21 de maio de 2010

JEITINHO BRASILEIRO


"Don't worry… about a thing, 'Cause every little thing is gonna be all right…"
This is what is said in Bob Marley's song and it fits exactly in with the Brazilian way of solving some "difficult" problems and tasks.
This creative and happy people finds a way for everything, from solving small problems at school to finding a way to make money without a job.
It's very clear that society imposes rules and mechanisms, but whenever a problem comes up, there is always a way of solving it.
Well, but what is this "jeitinho brasileiro"? According to a study, no translation was found to the word "jeito"in any other language. So, it is really a Brazilian habit. (Of course this word comes from Portuguese, but I don't believe it is used with the same meaning in Portugal.)
There is an expression in English, which is "fix it!", that could have a similar, but not identical, meaning to "jeitinho".
As an example: A cameraperson has some problems with his camera and comes to the director, trying to explain that he can't record the programme because of it. The director does not accept it, and says: "fix it!", which means, do what you are supposed to do.
It is similar, but not identical, because the cameraman has to find a way to do what he is supposed to do, but without breaking any rules. Jeitinho brasileiro, actually, is doing things which are not in the rules matters.
Here at school there is this policy which says that the student can be late for only ten minutes and not one minute more. But what happens when the student is sympathetic, talkative, and blah, blah, blah? Of course the receptionist will let him in, not mentioning the teacher saying that he missed only the first part of the class. But isn't the first part of the class as important as the other parts?
And the case of informal jobs, like selling soft drinks and beer on the buses, which happens in poor cities like Salvador? Isn't it a "jeitinho brasileiro" of solving the unemployment problem?
Sometimes I think that rules are good for nothing, once you can break them.
But think: Are all the rules sensible enough for everybody to follow?
Have you ever used "jeitinho brasileiro"?
Are society rules based on constitutional rules or it is the contrary?
Do you agree with the passage? If not, support your answer.
Discuss which rules can be broken because they do not fit the modern way of life.

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