What can the numbers and resolving the equations tell us about the situation in Brazil? Let us look at the numbers and the factors we can put into an equation.
Generally the past has an influence on the present and the present can tell us something about the future, but these two time aspects, past and future, may have to be reassessed as we move through our examination.
In an equation, we have two sides either side of an equals sign, and we have to achieve a balance to be sure there is no error.
What factors should we take into account in any equations? Absolute numbers on any side, the amount of money brought to bear by either side, using a plus sign for positive factors and a negative sign for negative ones.
Plus signs are used for what we know to be real and negative ones to balance anything we know to be false.
We know the side on the right have more money and that society believes this is important. We know the left side are saying this is not fair and therefore that the count, the vote, is invalid.
The side on the right, generally believe that money or power is a divine right, and that others do not have that right.
The counsel from the left side is we must unite, we must fight, we must organize. The counsel from the right is we must fight, we must defend, we must destroy and eliminate for ever those noisy non-persons on the left.
Until those on the left and on the right can hear what is being said from both points of view, we shall not have peace.
The one receiving the counsel, Lula, never said he was on the left and would always listen to those on both sides.
The number 13 is the number the Worker’s Party uses in their campaigns. There is a myth or legend that the number 13 is unlucky. This is not true. In my tradition, bakers used to bake 13 loaves of bread rather than 12 so as to have a spare for any misfortune that should befall, such as loss of one or the accidentally dropping of one and so forth. It is called a baker’s dozen.
From that same tradition, the Labour Party in England always sought to bring about harmony between the classes rather than class warfare. Those who still believe in class warfare, of either side, are propagating what they claim to be against, imbalance and inequality.
There is an interesting abbreviation in Brazilian Portuguese about the PT. It can either mean Partido dos Trabalhadores or Perda Total (Complete Loss), which is an insurance term for when a car is written off after an accident as not worth repairing. This term has entered the popular culture with the phrase, ‘Vai dar PT’ (It will be a total loss) or the joke inverted as ‘Não vai dar PT’ (It will not be a total loss).
The number 13 is used the Worker’s Party in their campaigns and is a prime number. The number Bolsonaro used in this campaign for the presidency is 17, also a prime number, one that is indivisible by any other number other than itself or the number one.
Anyone who considers himself a worker or not a worker must also think about why he considers himself as excluded or included in this category, and why anyone else is considered not a worker.
This is the time when all Brazilians should be thinking about loss, who has won and what was lost or won.