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The crucial mistakes of Dilma Rousseff in Brazil

By Eddy Montilla.

sao-paulo

Those who have watched the fireworks can understand better the turbulent career in politics that Dilma Rousseff has had in Brazil. A dazzling display of fireworks lits up the sky, people enjoy them and, minutes later, they cannot even remember their colors and shapes. Something similar happened to Brazil’s first woman president. If the almost incredible and efficient shinkansen cleaning system in Japan is subject of study in Harvard University, Rousseff’s case should be also studied because of its oddity. How could this lady go from a loved president to an impeached one, from a removed president from office to a forgotten president in her own land. Her two crucial mistakes can tell us the answer.

     First: Her inability to show, especially when dealing with problems that involved men, that she could be a person of strong character like anyone else In Brazil, corruption and bribery have always been acting like a pair of lovebirds. If during her presidential terms, problems related to these aspects had a huge impact, the reason must be found in her excessive gentleness towards some government employees, a mistake that was used by her political adversaries to take advantage of it. When she had to act like a hangman (in a figurative sense), she took an indulgent stance.

     Second: Not to be surrounded by people loyal to her. During difficult times for a president, loyal people will help him or her to stay standing. That was not Rousseff’s case since the more imminent her removal from office was, the more difficult to find people at her side was. In politics, of course, it is hard to foresee who is going to be loyal and who is going to be a traitor because the last one can be from your chef to your vice president.

     You do not cry over your mistakes, but learn from them. In Brazil, sooner or later, other women will hold the presidency of that South American nation. This is my recommendation for them: Be ready to become a hangman (in a figurative sense), if it is necessary, be careful of opportunists and traitors if you do not want to be forgotten or leave through the back door as Dilma Rousseff had to do.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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November 29, 2016 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Journal, Journalism, News, Opinion, Politics, Social, Think piece, Thoughts | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: Planning

By Eddy Montilla.

PLAN

To plan your life and work will not solve all your problems, but it will lighten your burden because a lack of planning leads to the beginning of chaos.

November 27, 2016 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, coaching, Culture, Education, Life, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Social, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: Change

By Eddy Montilla.

change

Only two things are unavoidable in life: Death and change. About the first one, it is almost nothing what we can do. As for changes, specially these days when we undergo constant transformations at a rhythm that our society had not been seen or faced with in the past, you should be smart enough to accept them, to accept their existence and reality to avoid failure and great stress. And after that, be wise to adhere to those changes that really matter while putting the others far away from you.

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November 7, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Education, Family, Inspiration, Life, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tell me the answer: Why are the elderly happy when they see young children?

By Eddy Montilla.

elderly

Because these young children become a mirror in which the elderly can see how long they have lived and that makes them feel happy. Besides, they enjoy the fact that for each life that comes gradually to an end, there is a new one growing strongly.

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October 25, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Family, Life, philosophy, Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus’s ideas (1): About family

By Eddy Montilla.

jesus

The reasons for family problems have barely changed. Perhaps, because we try to conceal them, they come these days in different wrappings, but in essence, we are talking about lack of communication, education, serious financial problems, etc. Without denying some progress, the truth is that they are still there, as present as snow in winter and heat in summer. Jesus seemed to have an explicit or implicit answer for everything. If we turn to him looking for some advice about family problems, at first, things do not look very encouraging since few things are written about this topic. However, these few things are enough to solve most of our problems. Let’s see them:

     Lead a normal family life: The almost nonexistent information about Jesu’s family for almost three decades can give us the first clue. If nothing was said during this long period, it is because nothing out of the ordinary happened, it is because he had a normal life, and remember that about normal things, writers do not use their ink to write. Forget about being a superdad, a supermom or a superson. The daily family relationship that you cultivate with your family will make balance to live in harmony.

     Inclusion instead of exclusion: It seems that people like geometry when it comes to family relationships. They make a circle and put themselves in the center of it. Then, make another circle for their wives and sons; another circle for their parents, brothers and sister, their grandparents and so on. We are talking about concentric circles in which people are put per family relation grades, circles that instead of bringing people closer, make them grow further apart. Jesus’s proposal was indeed a more difficult task, but with better results. For him, there was only one circle, and everybody has an opportunity to be part of it, especially those who fight for a better world, those who suffer and struggle in life every single day, those who show compassion, etc. Jesus did not have the limits and concept we have about family ties. Thanks to his attitude, he could see in John, his disciple, a son for his mother when he was dying on the cross, so that she did not have to suffer for the prejudice of those times when living alone for a widow or just widowhood itself represented difficult times in a woman’s life. Do not build a wall around a handful of people who sooner or later will not be at your side forever no matter how much they want to. Extend your horizon until you can see in any person a possible father, mother, brother, etc. Then, you will always have a father to admire, a mother to call and a brother to talk.

     Put first what is first: And what is first? God, so simple like that. Until now everything looked fine, but when we reach this point, people consciously or not, want to turn the page and run away. Why? Because this point about putting God above all things seems to be difficult to understand for many people and the first part of the Bible, with its multiple rules, instead of helping to clarify the situation has made some kind of “biblical risotto”. But if you can put the mystical aureole aside from this idea, you will see that when God comes first in your life, somehow, what you are doing is putting your family and other people first because it means to do first what God said via Jesus: to love your neighbours as yourself. And if you can do that for your neighbours, you do not have to tell me how much you will do for your own family.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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October 22, 2016 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Family, Journalism, Life, Opinion, philosophy, religion, Spirituality, Think piece, Writing | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: Happiness and pain

By Eddy Montilla.

LOVE-PAIN

Happy and sad moments share something in common: They always come to an end and they always revive. The biggest difference is that when your happy moments die, not always sad moments are born as result of it, but when your sad moments die, as a reward, your happy moments are reborn to bring you consolation, peace and, above all, to make you feel happier. If you are sad because you lost your job, someone very important to you passed away or for any other reason, remember that happy moments die, but so does pain. Be patient, hold on tight, hang in there. Sooner or later, your pain will die and your good moments will be reborn to be at your side.

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September 1, 2016 Posted by | Arts, Blogging, coaching, Culture, Education, Inspiration, Life, Literature, Perseverance, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lessons of life: The lesson of the chess game

By Eddy Montilla.

CHESS

My father taught me how to play chess at early age, so early that I cannot remember the moment. Since then, I have learned a lot of things from this analytical game, things that I usually try to apply to my life. I have learned to be patient, not to force the issue and move according to the circumstances until I can be in better position to move forward. I have learned to find the best answer, to take the best decision by observing all my possibilities, etc.

    In chess, a player has a specific rating that puts him or her in a particular category. In my case, I consider myself an average player with a rating between 1700 and 1800 (lass B, category 2). Last month, I was playing chess on the Internet, and every time my opponent was under my rating, I felt like a hungry lion ready to devour its prey. However, despite my almost endless optimism, when the player was over my rating, I felt like a dog with its tail between its legs.

    These days, I have decided to try something different and hide my opponent’s rating, name, nationality, etc., and now I only keep in front of me the chessboard. What has been the result? I have been winning four and five games in a row. Today, my rating is 1950, that is, “class A, category 1”. I also defeated two players over 2000 for the first time in my life. Players with this level are called experts. Now, when I play against these excellent players, their high ratings do not fill me with fear any more. The moral of this story is not my personal accolades, but this idea: You don’t know how far you can go, you cannot imagine what you are capable of once you gain confidence and control your fear.

    Until now, I have written more than 1000 stories and without any doubt, this is the most boring one, but believe me, it is also the most assertive and reliable among all of them because the idea I told you today was tested by myself it works. Control your fear, gain confidence and things that looked almost impossible for you, they will be suddenly in your hands.

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August 30, 2016 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, coaching, Education, Inspiration, inspiring stories, Journalism, Life, Literature, Perseverance, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Spirituality, Think piece, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Olympic Games: For more sports without borders

By Eddy Montilla.

OLYMPIC-GAMES

     “What do you want to do right now?” The journalist asked. “I want to go back to Japan immediately!” The Japanese judoka said after winning a gold medal during the first days of The Olympic Games in Brazil, an answer that highlights the major problems facing sports today. He looked like a typical worker at the end of the day: “It’s six o’ clock, I finish my job, I go home,” with the huge difference that this athlete probably goes back to his country with a medal, fame and money waiting for him. At no time, did he talk about observing other competitions, encourage his friends, enjoy what it was supposed to be his most important event, etc. Later, people booing during a volleyball match between Japan and Brazil and an Egyptian judoka who refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent are enough examples to understand how the commercialization and politicization of sports are making sporting directors, coaches, athletes and spectators swim in “dirty waters”. These days, people do not see two remarkable athletes trying to show their magnificent sports qualities by giving their very best, but a war between two countries represented by two athletes. Rather than the competition itself, the countries’ rank in the medal table seems to be all that matters.

     Sportsmen have turned into wage-earing athletes who try to win at all costs since it would mean a new house given by a president or much more money into their bank account. This way of thinking has led to an increase of the number of athletes found guilty in anti-doping controls. The shameful Russia’s doping scandal during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics corroborates that the Olympic Games are business, to some extent, dirty business in which corruption walks freely bribing people from the International Olympic Committee to coaches and athletes with money.

     The real and pure sport is dying or, perhaps, it would be better to say that it is being killed by the illicit. If we do not tackle the problem at its root today, none sport will be worth seeing tomorrow. A possible solution to this problem could be that athletes do not represent their respective countries, but themselves. Thus, the Olympic Games could get the once-respected spirit back and athletes would not have to live with the struggling mixed feeling, half shame half pride of holding around their neck a dubiously awarded medal.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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August 29, 2016 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Journal, Journalism, Life, News, Opinion, Social, Sport, Think piece, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s talk about movies: The Legend of Tarzan (2016) cannot be told to other generations

By Eddy Montilla.

Cinema seat and pop corn facing empty movie screen

Rating: 6.0/10

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino.

Written by: Quentin Tarantino.

Genre: Western.

MPAA Rating: R (contain some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them).

Starring: Samuel L. Jackson (Major Marquis Warren), Kurt Russell (John Ruth), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Daisy Domergue) and Walton Goggings (Sheriff Chris Mannix).

Running Time: 167 minutes.

A movie can rarely escape from the prevailing trend of the time it belongs to, and today’s trend seems to be fantasy, action and the use of special effects, the application of computer graphics, like CGI (computer-generated imagery), etc. However, any trend, under any circumstances, gives a movie director green light to break one of the most basic and inviolable rules in the movie world: Films must always be directed according to its plot. The remake The Legend of Tarzan (2016) breaks so many times this rule that those who saw the real movie have the right to ask if they had to wait 110 minutes to leave the cinema.

     Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) was a baby raised by apes in the heart of the jungle. This very simple, but fascinating idea is the only base of the original film. A simple, pure and human story, quite different from The Legend of Tarzan (2016) in which, because of the computer-generated imagery in the movie, Tarzan looked like another superhero, a Paleolithic version of Batman or Superman, battling alone against dozens of extraterrestrial-looking men.

     The first 30 minutes of this movie were interesting: Tarzan and Jane (Margot Robbie) going back to Congo where they met many years ago for a diplomatic mission, Tarzan trying to reconnect with his roots, etc. are worth seeing. The rest is a canned cliché created according to the film world´s business parameters. If Samuel Jackson (George Washington) had not been there to give the movie some doses of hilarious moments, I think that even Tarzan would have given his negative verdict by adding some words to his classic cry: “Nooooooo mooooore!”

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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August 22, 2016 Posted by | Articles, Arts, Blogging, Curiosities, entertainment, Journalism, Literature, Movie reviews, Movies, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: Haste and failure

By Eddy Montilla.

INDECISION

You have probably heard that desperation is the origin of failure. This is partially right. In math, the number two exists because there is a number one. Well, desperation is the number two. And number one? It is called haste.

     A person had to pay the rent of his house and a car he bought on hire purchase by tomorrow morning or… (you know already what will happen to him.). He did something illegal to get the money. In cases like this one, people usually say that he did that in his desperation, but if you analyze carefully his situation, you will notice that the real reason was not that, but the rush to get the money. If he had had one or two months to pay, he would not have done something illegal. Stay away from haste and you will stay away from failure.

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August 21, 2016 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Education, Inspiration, inspiring stories, Life, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment