“We get older to the degree that, imperceptibly, we begin to resist new developments because ‘in my time it was different, it was better,’ we say. The best time, actually, for the young person at the age of 22 or 70 is the time in which he or she is living. Living the time in the best way I can is how I can live well.
À sombra desta mangueira, page 91. Civilização Brasileira. 10th edition.
My first world, actually, was the backyard of the house where I was born.”
À sombra desta mangueira, page 40. Civilização Brasileira. 10th edition.
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Paulo Freire: a brief profile
Educator Ana Maria Araújo Freire, Paulo Freire’s widow, talks about the educator’s humility and underscores how he never considered people as being on different levels, always showing tolerance, respect and love to everyone. Educator Ângela Antunes, who worked with Paulo at the institute that bears his name, mentions the respect he had for the knowledge of the other. Educator Moacir Gadotti, who works at the same Institute, recalls a symbolic story with Paulo Freire that shows the educator’s attitude in regard to unethical situations.
“The more I am rooted in my locality, the more I am able to spread, to become global. No one becomes local based on the universal. The path is the opposite. I am not first a Brazilian (except legally) to then be a Recifean. First I am Recifean, Pernambucan, Northeastern. After that, Brazilian, Latin American, a person of the world.”
À sombra desta mangueira, page 41. Civilização Brasileira. 10th edition.