I've been questioned by many people about my future plans of leaving Brasil and living in the U.S. I know that I live in an amazing country, culturally rich and with awesome geographical features and open-hearted people. But I guess I just don't fit in here.
Our political history is flooded by corruption. There is no considerably serious option here. Seriously. I've seen a president who is a sociologist saying that people who are unable to do anything else become teachers, another one that quit school after the fourth grade, and now a president that is a former terrorist and bank robber in power.
The second-most-voted congressman in the history of Brazil is a former clown (literally!) who couldn't read or write until right before being voted into office. His campaign motto was "Do you know what a congressman does? Neither do I! Vote for me and I'll tell you!"... SERIOUSLY?!
Our school system is ridiculous. The government is creating new ways of making easier to get into the universities, because kids are not getting what they should from schools. At the same time, the investment of money for infrastructure or professors is not enough. Students protest against the price for public transportation, but they just complain about the educational situation and wait with their arms crossed for something to happen.
Political corruption affects not only the institutions, but also creates deep social problems. There are many conflicts and wars between police and drug dealers. This is a nation where millions die because of alcohol and tobacco, and it seems normal and socially accepted. On the other hand, something like marijuana, instead of being decriminalized and taxed in order to generate money for the government to invest in education or health, is seen as a terrible gateway drug and politicians make lots of money from it, because drug dealers illegally invest in their campaigns. For the dealers, it's not in their interest to decriminalize it, since their illegal profit is much bigger than if it were legal.
At the same time, it's possible to see someone smoking crack on every corner. Sometimes a group of people 'rescue' them from the streets and take them into rehab programs, which are not an obligation for them to stay in! So they just go back on the streets to steal and smoke more crack, creating a bigger problem every day.
Yes, I'm complaining about many things in this post. No, I don't have solutions for these problems. The only way out I can see is, unfortunately, giving up.
If you live in another state in Brasil or in any other country, please give me your opinion about what you feel when it comes to the political and social problems you see, but can't do anything about it!