12/10 Viva N. Sra. Aparecida!

Our Lady of Aparecida (Portuguese: Nossa Senhora Aparecida or Nossa Senhora da Conceií§í£o Aparecida) is a celebrated 18th-century clay statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the traditional form of the Immaculate Conception. The image is widely venerated by Brazilian Roman Catholics, who consider her as the principal patroness of Brazil.[1] Pious accounts claim that the statue was originally found by fishermen, who miraculously caught many fishes after invoking the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The dark statue is currently housed in the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, Aparecida, Sí£o Paulo. The Roman Catholic Church in Brazil celebrates her feast day every October 12. Since the basilica’s consecration 1980 by Pope John Paul II, it has also been a public holiday in Brazil. The Basilica is the fourth most popular Marian shrine in the world,[3] being able to hold up to 45,000 worshippers.[2]

The image has merited the Papal sanction of Pope Pius XI in 1929 by declaring her shrine as a minor Basilica, and by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1980, who reiterated the patronage of Brazil under the title of the Immaculate Conception.

The statue has also merited worldwide controversy in May 1978, when a Protestant intruder stole the clay statue from its shrine and broke it into pieces, and another in 1995, when a Protestant minister slandered and vandalized a copy of the statue in national Brazilian television.

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Parents and children

When I was young, my parents sent me to a mental institution three times ( 1966, 1967, 1968). The reasons in my medical files are banal. It was said that I was isolated, hostile and miserable at school. I was not crazy but I was rather just a 17-year-old who really wanted to become a writer. Because no one understood this, I was locked up for months and fed with tranquilizers. The therapy merely consisted of giving me electroshocks. I promised to myself that one day I would write about this experience, so young people will understand that we have to fight for our own dreams from a very early stage of our lives.

When I released “Veronika decides to die”, a book that was a metaphor of my experience in a lunatic asylum, the press started asking me if I forgave my parents. In fact, I did not need to forgive them, because I never blamed them for what happened. From their own point-of-view, they were trying to help me to get the discipline necessary to accomplish my deeds as an adult, and to forget the “dreams of a teenager” .

Khalil Gibran has an excellent text about parents and children:

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.


6 Mistakes That Smart People Never Make Twice

by Piyush Sharma


Everybody makes mistakes, as it is only human. But there are a very few among us who actually learn from our mistakes. The first step is to accept your mistake and make peace with it, and only then can you expect yourself to make a change.

This is what celebrated author Paulo Coelho has to say on repeating your mistakes,  “When you repeat a mistake, it is not a mistake anymore: it is a decision.”

Here are few mistakes that smart people never make twice, something that the rest of us can learn from:

1. Repeating The Same Mistake Again & Again And Expecting Different Results

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As the founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos has said, “If you double the number of experiments you do per year, you are going to double your inventiveness.”

You cannot get a different result if you put the same constants in the same equation. If you know smoking or drinking is making your health worse, then you need to quit it and not keep dreaming about quitting someday. If you want to change the end result, you need to change the input as well.

2. Spending Over The Budget

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Your friends might be planning a trip, but if you join them even though it is out of your budget, then you are in trouble. You might be having a serious problem of always being in debt. In simple words, you need to learn how to live under your means. Smart people never make that mistake twice. If they know skipping a latte can help them save Rs. 6,000 a year, then they will save it and will take the advantage of an opportunity of investing when it knocks on their door.

3. Losing Sight Of The Ultimate Goal

It is easy to lose sight of the big picture when you get busy in the daily schedule of your work life. You may skip working hard once in a while, come late to office or take a leave without informing on time. These could be some of the factors that may be taken into account at the time of your appraisals. Now, maybe getting a 50 percent raise this year was your particular goal but you lost the motivation to chase down the dream somewhere in between.

4. Playing The Victim

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Take this particular relationship for instance. A partner in a relationship always acts as a victim and another one acts as the one who is given the responsibility to solve his partners’ problem. Do you think this relationship can thrive? Can someone solve your problems for you? No. The person who is trying to solve the problem in such situations often fails, as he is doing it for the sake of being acceptable or liked in favor of solving that problem.

After learning a lesson the hard way, smart people do not indulge in such a relationship or consider using such metrics to measure their happiness.

5. Trying To Be Someone Else Or Being A People Pleaser

Everyone knows that it is practically impossible to make everyone happy, also that it is a toxic practice. However, smart people know the importance of authenticity and very rarely change their behavior for the sake of pleasing the ones before them. The more authentic your behavior is, you’ll find yourself in a better circle of people who respect you.

For example, in Russia, people often speak out what they have in mind and not what they are expected to say, as per the culture followed in western countries. They prefer keeping it straight and honest, even if it sounds rude at first. They believe in speaking their mind and not what others want to hear. Now, you might be thinking how does that help them? Shouldn’t one be always polite? Well, such a level of honesty helps them in developing trust. They don’t tend to fake it just to be liked.

6. Trying To Change Someone Else

Smart people are fully aware that no one can change them besides themselves, nor do they possess the ability to bring about a major change in someone else.



10 SEC READ: Offending you (Engl, Port, Espa, Fran)


You only understand the power and importance of forgiveness if you had been forgiven. The short story below illlustrates this:

During a pilgrimage to a sacred place, a holy man began to feel the presence of God. In the midst of a trance he knelt down, hid his face and prayed:
“Lord, I ask for only one thing in life: that I be given the grace of never offending you.”

“I cannot grant you that grace,” answered the Almighty. ‘If you don’t offend me I shall have no reason to pardon you. If I have no need to pardon you, soon you will also forget the importance of mercy towards others.

“So go on your way with Love and let me grant pardon now and again so that you don’t forget that virtue as well.”



Durante uma peregrinação a um lugar sagrado, o homem santo comçou a sentir a presença de Deus ao seu lado. Ajoelhou-se, escondeu a face e rezou
“Senhor, peço apenas uma coisa nesta vida; que me seja concedida a graça de jamais ofende-Lo.

“Nãoo posso lhe conceder esta graça” – respondeu o Altí­ssimo. ” Se vo nao me ofender, eu não terei necessidade de perdoa-lo. Se eu não precisar perdoa-lo, voce em breve esquecerá a importância da compaixão pelos outros”.

“Portanto, continue seu caminho com amor, e permita-me perdoa-lo de vez em quando, para manter lembra-lo sempre desta virtude”


NO QUIERO OFENDERTE (trad. José Ureña)

Solo entiendes el poder y la importancia del perdón si has sido perdonado. La corta historia a continuación lo ilustra:
Durante un peregrinaje a un lugar sagrado, un hombre santo comenzó a sentir la presencia de Dios. En medio del trance, se arrodilló, escondió su cara y rezó:
“Señor, te pido solo una cosa en mi vida, que se me dé la gracia de nunca ofenderte.”
“No puedo concederte esa gracia”, responde el Todopoderoso. “Si no me ofendes no tendré motivos para perdonarte. Si no necesito perdonarte, pronto se te olvidará la importancia de la misericordia hacia los demás”
“Así­ que sigue tu camino con amor y déjame concederte perdón una y otra vez para que no olvides la importancia de esta virtud.”


“JE NE VEUX PAS T’OFFENSER” (trad. Marie-Christine)

Tu comprends seulement le pouvoir et l’importance du pardon si tu as ete pardonne. La courte histoire ci-dessous illustre ceci:

Pendant un pelerinage dans un endroit religieux, un saint homme commenca a sentir la presence de Dieu. Au milieu d’une transe il se mit a genoux, cacha son visage et se mit a prier.
“Seigneur, je te demande seulement une chose dans la vie que me soit donne la grace de ne jamais t’offenser”.
“Je ne peux pas t’accorder cette grace” repondit le tout-puissant. Si tu ne m’offusques pas je n’aurais aucune raison de te pardonner. Si je n’ai aucun besoin de te pardonner, bientot tu oublieras agalement l’importance de la pitie envers les autres.”

“Alors, vas vers ton chemin avec Amour et laisses-moi accorder le pardon de temps en temps pour que tu n’oublies pas cette vertu aussi.”

The Dirty Laundry

A young couple moved into a new neighbourhood.

The next morning while they were eating breakfast, the young woman saw her neighbor hanging the washing outside.

“That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.”

Her husband looked on, remaining silent.

Every time her neighbour hung her washing out to dry, the young woman made the same comments.

A month later, the woman was surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband, “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this?”

The husband replied, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.”

And so it is with life… What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.

So don’t be too quick to judge others, especially if your perspective of life is clouded by anger, jealousy, negativity or unfulfilled desires.

“Judging a person does not define who they are. It defines who you are.” Good morning!

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On solitude

CaptureFor those who are not frightened by the solitude that reveals all mysteries, everything will have a different taste.

In solitude, they will discover the love that might otherwise arrive unnoticed. In solitude, they will understand and respect the love that left them.

In solitude, they will be able to decide whether it is worth asking that lost love to come back or if they should simply let it go and set off along a new path.

In solitude, they will learn that saying ‘No’ does not always show a lack of generosity and that saying ‘Yes’ is not always a virtue.

And those who are alone at this moment, need never be frightened by the words of the devil: ‘You’re wasting your time.’
Or by the chief demon’s even more potent words: ‘No one cares about you.’

The Divine Energy is listening to us when we speak to other people, but also when we are still and silent and able to accept solitude as a blessing.

And in that moment, Its light illumines everything around us and helps us to see that we are necessary, and that our presence on Earth makes a huge difference to Its work.

taken from “MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA (now in paperback)

20 SEC READ Becoming aware

“In every religious tradition there is a practice of devotion and a practice of transformation.

“Devotion means trusting more in ourselves and in the path we follow. Transformation means to practice the things this path imposes on us.”

“When you say: ‘I am determined to study medicine,’ this sentence exercises an impact on your life even before you register at a school.

“You see this step as something positive and want to advance in its direction. The same happens with any religious tradition.”

“The key is to be fully aware of your actions. When you swallow a cup of water deeply, with all your ardor, illumination is present in its initial form. Being illuminated always means having clear vision concerning something.”


Adapted from the book of Thich Nhat Hanh (Living Buddha, Living Christ):


According to the dictionary: deep knowledge of things, natural or acquired; erudition; rectitude.

According to the New Testament: But it was what the world calls foolish that God chose to put the wise to shame with, and it was what the world calls weak that God chose to shame its strength with (Corinthians 1: 25-27).

According to Islam:
A wise man became a object of irony for the inhabitants of the city. One day he was walking down the main street with some of his disciples when a group of men and women began to insult him. The wise man went up to them and blessed them.

When they left, one of the disciples remarked: “They say terrible things, and you answer them with nice words.”
And the wise man replied: “Each one of us can only offer what he has.”

According to the Hassidic (Jewish) tradition: When Moses ascended to Heaven to write a certain part of the Bible, the Almighty asked him to place small crowns on some letters of the Torah. Moses said: “Master of the Universe, why draw these crowns?” God answered: “Because one hundred generations from now a man called Akiva will interpret them.”
“Show me this man’s interpretation,” asked Moses.

The Lord took him to the future and put him in one of Rabbi Akiva’s classes. One pupil asked: “Rabbi, why are these crowns drawn on top of some letters?”
“I don’t know.” Replied Akiva. “And I am sure that not even Moses knew. He did this only to teach us that even without understanding everything the Lord does, we can trust in his wisdom.”

A scene that I witnessed in 1997: Hoping to impress his master, a student of the occult whom I know read some manuals on magic and decided to buy the materials mentioned in the texts. With considerable difficulty he managed to find a certain type of incense, some talismans, a wooden structure with sacred characters written in an established order.
When we were having breakfast together with his master, the latter commented:
“Do you believe that by rolling computer wires around your neck you will acquire the efficiency of the machine? Do you believe that by buying hats and sophisticate clothes you will also acquire the good taste and sophistication of those who made them?

“Objects can be your allies, but they do not contain any type of wisdom. First practice devotion and discipline, and everything else will come to you later.”

The mouse and the books

When I was interned (as a lunatic…) in Dr. Eiras Hospital, I began to have panic crises. One day, I decided to consult the psychiatrist in charge of my case:

“Doctor, I am overcome by fear; it takes from me the joy of living.”

“Here in my office there is a mouse that eats my books”, said the doctor. “If I get desperate about this mouse, he will hide from me and I will do nothing else in life but hunt him. Therefore, I put the most important books in a safe place and let him gnaw some others. In this way, he is still a mouse and does not become a monster.

“Be afraid of some things and concentrate all your fear on them – so that you have courage in the rest.”

30 Paulo Coelho Quotes on Life’s Greatest Wonders

If you’re having a hard time with your sense of direction, metaphorically, these Paulo Coelho Quotes can help you understand that perseverance, diligence, and faith in yourself are keys to getting what you want.

Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho was born on August 24, 1947. He first expressed his interest in writing during his teens. Due to his introversion and his resolution to reject the traditional path, his parents committed him to a mental institution. He escaped three times before being released at age 20.

He briefly attended law school before dropping out and lived as a hippie during the 1960s where he mostly traveled. When he returned to Brazil, he worked as a songwriter; most notably collaborating with Brazilian icon Raul Seixas. This led to his arrest over allegations that his lyrics were rebellious.

His first book, Hell Archives, was published in 1982 though it failed to gain significant success. In the late ’80s, The Pilgrimage and The Alchemist were published. However, it was in 1994 that the latter became an international bestseller after being re-published. Since The Alchemist, he has been a hugely prolific writer. His works are a combination of autobiographies, fictions, and essay collections.

Often cited as one of the most influential contemporary authors, Coelho’s books combined have sold in hundreds of millions. His journey, as arduous and diverse as it was, is an excellent example of persistence in the name of passion. Here are 30 Paulo Coelho quotes to live by.

Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life? – Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way. – Paulo Coelho, Brida

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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But no one can lose sight of what he desires. Even if there are moments when he believes the world and the others are stronger. The secret is this: do not surrender. – Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mountain

Waiting is painful. Forgetting is painful. But not knowing which to do is the worst kind of suffering. – Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

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Scars speak more loudly than the sword that caused them. – Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

The best way to destroy the bridge between the visible and invisible is by trying to explain your emotions. – Paulo Coelho, Brida

Beware when making a woman cry. God is counting her tears. – Paulo Coelho, Adultery

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Don’t listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people’s failures. – Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

The worst killing is that which kills the joy we get from life. – Paulo Coelho, Hippie

Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free. – Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes

paulo coelho freedom quotes

We are the ones who create the messes in our heads. It does not come from outside. – Paulo Coelho, Adultery

When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive. – Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves. – Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die

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We must never stop dreaming. Dreams provide nourishment for the soul, just as a meal does for the body. – Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

Don’t be intimidated by other people’s opinions. Only mediocrity is sure of itself, so take risks and do what you really want to do. – Paulo Coelho, Aleph

One is loved because one is loved. No reason is needed for loving. – Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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I understand once again that the greatness of God always reveals itself in the simple things. – Paulo Coelho, Like the Flowing River

Talent is a universal gift, but it takes a lot of courage to use it. Don’t be afraid to be the best. – Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone

Anyone who loves in the expectation of being loved in return is wasting their time. – Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

paulo coelho expectation quotes

We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. – Paulo Coelho, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

Men. They thought they ruled the world but couldn’t so much as take a step without, that very same night, seeking the opinions of their partners, lovers, girlfriends, mothers. – Paulo Coelho, Hippie

How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it. – Paulo Coelho, Brida

paulo coelho missing quotes

Anxiety was born in the very same moment as mankind. And since we will never be able to master it, we will have to learn to live with it—just as we have learned to live with storms. – Paulo Coelho, Manuscript Found in Accra

The boat is safer anchored at the port; but that’s not the aim of boats. – Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

Certain things in life simply have to be experienced -and never explained. Love is such a thing. – Paulo Coelho, Maktub

paulo coelho love quotes

The mirror reflects perfectly; it makes no mistakes because it doesn’t think. To think is to make mistakes. – Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone

Behind the mask of ice that people wear, there beats a heart of fire. – Paulo Coelho, Warrior of the Light

paulo coelho heart quotes

It is possible to avoid pain? Yes, but you’ll never learn anything. Is it possible to know something without ever having experiencing it? Yes, but it will never truly be part of you. – Paulo Coelho, Aleph

What people regard as vanity—leaving great works, having children, acting in such a way as to prevent one’s name from being forgotten—I regard as the highest expression of human dignity. – Paulo Coelho, The Pilgrimage

Inspire your loved ones with these 30 Paulo Coelho quotes. These might be the very words they need to hear to find love, happiness, and fulfillment in their journey.i

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Chernobyl and I

2004: I saw the nuclear plant from the window of the plane. We arrive in a small village, where an improvised museum was created. A sleepy young man take the five people to a room where there arte some artifacts, masks, and a projector connected to an old television. We start watching the video, filmed in the morning of April 26, 1986. A normal day in a normal city.

A man is sitting, having coffee. A mother is strolling with her baby on the street. People are busy, going to work; one or two people are waiting at the bus stop. An elderly man is reading the newspaper at a public square bench.

But the video has a problem: there are several horizontal lines, as if the tracking bottom needed to be adjusted, so that I and the other people, who are with me, could see a better image.

I think of having someone fixing it, but I also think that someone must have noticed it, and soon they will take care of it. The video about the small  city keeps running with absolutely nothing interesting besides the scenes of ordinary life.

It is possible that some of these people know that an accident has happened 2km from there. It is also possible that they know that there were 30 casualties, which is a high number, but not high enough to change the routine of the city’s inhabitants.

The scenes now show school buses parking. There they’ll stay for many days, while nothing happens. The images are very bad, and I turn to Katya, asking her to see what is going on.

She doesn’t answer – she lost her voice.

I turn to Oleg, who says a single sentence:

‘It isn’t the tracking. It is radiation.’

At 1:23 a.m. on April 26, the worst disaster created by the man took place in Chernobyl, Ukraine, where I am now watching this video.

With the explosion of a nuclear reactor, the local people were submitted to a radiation 90 times higher than the one from the Hiroshima bomb.

It was necessary to evacuate the region immediately, but no one, absolutely no one, said anything – after all, the government doesn’t commit errors.

A week later, a small note of five lines came up in Page 32 of the local newspaper, mentioning the death of the workers, and nothing else. In the meantime, Labour Day was being celebrated throughout the entire former Soviet Union, and in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, people were parading unaware that invisible death was in the air.

I am thrown back to my past: I am at a bar in Jardim Botânico, in Rio de Janeiro, when Globo TV broadcasts the news. At this point, devices in Sweden, thousands of kilometers from Ukraine, detected the radioactive dust that is travelling in their direction.

Only 30 deaths on that day. And yet, according to the 1995 report from the United Nations, a total of nine million people around the world were directly affected by the disaster, among them 3-4 million children.

The 30 deaths, according to expert John Gofman, turned into thousand of fatal cancer cases and the same number of non-fatal cases. The silence of the guilty, however, lasted much more than expected; after all, no one sees the radioactive dust. But finally, when the entire world learned about it, when the dust had already spread throughout Europe, 400,000 people had do evacuate.

As many as 2,000 cities were simply scratched off the map.

The video, filmed by the KGB – the secret police from the Soviet Union – ends with agents putting on special clothes.

Katya, Oleg, Yuri and Lena are crying.

We get up. Because of the silence of the guilty, the innocent also stay in silence – because there is nothing, absolutely nothing, to say.

Chernobyl e eu

2004: chegamos na pequena cidade ao lado da usina, que eu já tinha visto do alto. Um museu improvisado, um guarda jovem de olhar vazio recebem os cinco únicos visitantes.

Vemos a maquete que reproduz o desastre. Em seguida somos conduzidos a uma pequena sala para uma projeção.


O vídeo foi filmado na manhã do dia 26 de abril de 1986, e mostra uma vida normal em uma cidade normal. Um homem sentado tomando café. A mãe passeando com o bebê pela rua. As pessoas atarefadas, indo para o trabalho, uma ou duas pessoas esperando no ponto de ônibus. Um senhor lendo um jornal em um banco de uma praça.

Mas o vídeo está com problema: aparecem várias riscas horizontais, como se o botão de “tracking” precisasse ser mexido, de modo que eu e mais cinco pessoas que estão comigo, pudessemos ver uma melhor imagem. Penso em pedir que façam isso, mas penso também que alguém deve ter notado, e em breve vão tomar alguma providência.

O vídeo sobre a pequena cidade do interior continua passando, sem absolutamente nenhuma coisa interessante além das cenas da vida comum. É possível que algumas daquelas pessoas saibam que aconteceu um acidente a dois quilômetros dali. É possível também que saibam que ocorreram 30 mortes – o que é um número grande, mas não o suficiente para mudar a rotina dos habitantes.

As cenas agora mostram ônibus escolares estacionando. Ali ficarão por muitos dias, sem que nada aconteça. As imagens estão muito ruins, e me viro para Katya, pedindo que tente ver o que está acontecendo.

Ela não responde – perdeu a voz. Viro-me para Oleg, que diz uma só palavra:

– Não é o “tracking”. É a radiação.

Na noite do dia 26 de abril, as 1:23 da manhã, o pior desastre criado pela mão homem aconteceu em Chernobyl, Ucrânia, onde estou agora assistindo este vídeo. Com a explosão de um reator nuclear, as pessoas da área foram submetidas a uma radiação 90 vezes maior que a da bomba de Hiroshima. Era necessário evacuar imediatamente a região, mas ninguém, absolutamente ninguém disse nada – afinal de contas, o governo não comete erros. Uma semana depois, apareceu na página 32 do jornal local uma pequena nota de cinco linhas, falando da morte dos operários, e mais nada. Nesse meio tempo, foi comemorado o Dia do Trabalho em toda a ex-União Soviética, e em Kiev, capital da Ucrânia, as pessoas desfilam sem saber que a morte invisível está no ar.

Eu volto ao meu passado: estou em um bar no Jardim Botânico, no Rio de Janeiro, quando a TV dá a notícia – porque a esta altura aparelhos na Suécia, há milhares de quilômetros dali, detectaram a poeira radioativa que caminha em direção àquele país.

Na noite do dia 26 de abril, as 1:23 da manhã, o pior desastre criado pela mão homem aconteceu em Chernobyl, Ucrânia, onde estou agora assistindo este vídeo. Com a explosão de um reator nuclear, as pessoas da área foram submetidas a uma radiação 90 vezes maior que a da bomba de Hiroshima. Era necessário evacuar imediatamente a região, mas ninguém, absolutamente ninguém disse nada – afinal de contas, o governo não comete erros. Uma semana depois, apareceu na página 32 do jornal local uma pequena nota de cinco linhas, falando da morte dos operários, e mais nada. Nesse meio tempo, foi comemorado o Dia do Trabalho em toda a ex-União Soviética, e em Kiev, capital da Ucrânia, as pessoas desfilam sem saber que a morte invisível está no ar.


Eu volto ao meu passado: estou em um bar no Jardim Botânico, no Rio de Janeiro, quando a TV dá a notícia – porque a esta altura aparelhos na Suécia, há milhares de quilômetros dali, detectaram a poeira radioativa que caminha em direção àquele país.

Apenas trinta mortes aquele dia. E no entanto, segundo um relatório das Nações Unidas feito em 1995, um total de 9 milhões de pessoas no mundo inteiro foram afetadas diretamente pelo desastre, entre elas três a quatro milhões de crianças. As trinta mortes se transformaram, segundo o especialista John Gofmans, em milhares de casos de câncer fatais, e  não-fatais.


O silêncio dos culpados durou muito mais do que se esperava; afinal de contas, ninguém vê a poeira radioativa. Mas finalmente, quando o mundo inteiro já sabia, quando a poeira havia se espalhado por toda a Europa,  400.000 pessoas tiveram que ser evacuadas. Um total de 2.000 cidades e vilarejos foram simplesmente riscados do mapa. Segundo o Ministério da Saúde da Bielorússia, o índice de câncer na tiróide no país deve aumentar consideravelmente entre 2005 e 2010, como conseqüência da radiatividade que ainda continua a fazer efeito.

O vídeo, filmado pela KGB – a polícia secreta da União Soviética – termina com alguns agentes vestindo roupas especiais. Katya, Oleg, Yuri, Lena, estão chorando. Nos levantamos e, por causa do silencio dos culpados, os inocentes também ficam em silencio – porque não há nada, absolutamente nada a dizer.

Paulo Coelho: Now Our Supporter

by WorldReader

Our library just got bigger. More precisely, three new books have been added to our existing collection of over 28,000 e-books. But these aren’t just any books – these three best-selling titles were donated by Paulo Coelho, considered to be one of the most influential authors of our times.

The three donated books are: Christmas Stories, The Supreme Gift, and Stories for Parents, Children and Grandchildren, and are available for free to readers across Africa on mobile phones and e-readers. These cultural and joyful stories captivate readers of all ages, and are supplemented by beautiful illustrations by his wife, Christina Oiticica. Each of these novels add a unique dimension to our library and will serve as outlets for reflection, enjoyment, and global learning to the millions of African readers who access Worldreader’s e-books. Read the full press release here.

Coelho’s famous bestselling book, The Alchemist, pushed him into the international limelight in 1998, and is one among many globally loved classics, which include: The Pilgrimage, Brida, Veronika Decides to Die, and Eleven Minutes. Coelho has sold over 195 million copies of his books worldwide, translated into more than 80 languages and found in 170 countries. Now, they’ll be in even more countries.

Worldreader’s partnership with Coelho is a big achievement, not only because we are always striving to expand our digital library, but because the participation of renowned writers such as Coelho add literature of the highest quality to our collection. Coelho states, “We’re thrilled that millions of readers in Africa can now enjoy timeless tales for free and at the click of a button (…) The power of digital technology to enable access to books and ultimately improve people’s lives is undeniable.” We couldn’t agree more. There is enormous potential to touch the hearts and minds of thousands when technology and great ideas are combined.

Paulo is a model for cultural and educational sharing, an identity internationally recognized by the United Nations, who named him a Messenger of Peace in 2007. His donated books are invaluable additions to our library that will inspire readers and promote our mission to spread global literacy.


Although I enjoy my work a lot (once I tweeted: “if you do what you love, every day is a holiday”) I need to stop being in front of the computer – and this is the main reason for taking vacations.

I will be back by the end of August.

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40 seg leitura: Irmã (Santa!) Dulce e eu

Estava passando fome, doente, perdido em Salvador. Tinha fugido de um sanatório psiquiatrico onde fora internado por meus pais, desesperados para controlar o filho “rebelde”.

Vagava pela cidade, até que alguem me disse que havia uma freira que poderia me ajudar – ou eu corria o risco de ser preso por vagabundagem. Fui à pé até a casa da freira. Juntei-me às muitas pessoas que estavam ali em busca de socorro, chegou minha vez, e de repente estava frente à frente com ela. Perguntou o que eu queria, a resposta foi simples: “ quero voltar para casa e não tenho como.” Ela não fez mais perguntas. Não comentei que tinha fugido do hospício.

Tirou um papel de sua gaveta, escreveu que valia passagem para o RJ. Me abençoou. Fui até a rodoviária, o motorista fez um ar de desanimo, mas mandou-me entrar – ninguem tinha coragem de dizer “não” a um pedido dela. Cheguei ao Rio (as pessoas no onibus dividiam a comida com todos), fui recebido com amor e não voltei a ser internado.

É com lágrimas nos olhos que escrevo estas linhas. Obrigado, Santa Dulce, por seus dois milagres: permitir a volta do filho pródigo, e me dar a honra de ajudar seu hospital, sempre de portas abertas

(nota: a biografia O MAGO, de Fernando Morais, tem um facsimile do bilhete )


I thank all those

I thank all those who laughed at my dreams;
You have inspired my imagination.
I thank all who wanted to squeeze me into their scheme;
They have taught me the value of freedom.

I thank all who have lied to me;
You have shown me the power of truth.
I thank all those who have not believed in me;
You have expected me to move mountains.
I thank all those who have written me off;
You have aroused my courage.

I thank all those who have left me;
They gave me room to create.
I thank all those who have betrayed me and abused;
You have let me be vigilant.
I thank all those who have hurt me;
They have taught me to grow in pain.

More importantly, I thank all
Who love me as I am;
They give me the strength to live.