Posted by Nadiva Olivier on March 21, 2008
Thousands of people participate these days in the moving religious processions, remembering Christ´s suffer carrying the cross. I was looking to Seville (picture at the side of this post) religious movement this week and started reflecting on the diplomatic conflicts Brazil and Spain are facing these last weeks because of the deported Brazilian students from Spain, as they were not accepted by the Spain´s custom procedures.
Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs declared that Spanish people cannot eat the whole cake, all the time, meaning that they are buying a lot of business in Brazil and should care about building a relationship too, and not just profits. Spain is the 2nd biggest investor in Brazil – 1,6 billion dollars invested up to August 2007. The recent behavior of the king of Spain with Venezuela´s President, telling him: “Por que no te callas?” (“Why don´t you shut up?”) in a public debate, does not favour Spain ceremonial in Latin America.
This is not the real issue however. Brazilians and Spanish people are just now carrying decorative floats adorned with statues of Jesus carrying the cross through the streets. By doing this, they are making a public demonstration of karuna, compassion, the desire to free all beings from suffering. Is all that just a rethoric? I would prefer to quote Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the U.S.: “When I do good, I feel good; when I do bad, I feel bad. That’s my religion.”