Monday, May 25, 2009

On the Road

The last couple of weeks are being awesome. We are back on stage and rocking hard.
We are definitly having a great time playing these gigs with Sepultura and Angra.
Amazing to see all the MindFlow fans singing along with us! Make us always give our best to return this energy. Jau and Ourinhos! Thanks.
You are a great crowd!!!

In Ourinhos, the producers of the event had a really great initiative, besides paying the tickets, the fans brought a 1kg of food to help people that really need.
What a great gesture! And thats rock is all about: ATITUDE!

What can be better than that? A really rocking night that end up helping a lot of people!

So, we from MindFlow support this action and we want to encourage other producers to do the same.


Monday, May 18, 2009

Obligatory Morality class

As we observe our world evolve, we can watch critical changes happen on family values, education and morality.

When my parents were expecting their first child, my mother decided to stop working so she could take care of her child’s education, even with she having a college degree and a good job. She once told me she couldn’t stand having a babysitter spending more time with her baby than she did, because she thought it was extremely important to teach her kids everything she have learned, instead of having a “strange” that she had no idea of her past taking care of their education.
And that was something most families still used to do some years ago. At least here in Brazil.

Nowadays that’s nearly impossible. The life cost is way higher now. The public schools here are terrible and many are dangerous, what makes all the families that have a chance assign their kids on private schools. The public hospitals are very bad as well, what obligates them to have a private health care plan. Baby supplies are very expensive, as is food, and so on....
Most of the families now with a little child can’t afford to have one of the parents (the mother or the father) stop working to take care of the kids.

So we have now a lot of parents that don’t have time to spend with their children. The only time they have available is at night, when both are tired, and some on the weekends. A lot of kids are being educated by the internet, television, babysitters, teachers, friends, etc. The parents don’t have time to pass to their kids their own values, morals and educate them right, what is generating, to my eyes, a lot of problems.
We can notice a lot of young girls that don’t understand the real value of a sexual relation. Some people, after graduate at high school, don’t even try to get in a college or start working on something, and decide just to live at their parents expense with no ambition in life at all. Some people haven’t learn how wrong it is to “hurt” other people (not only physically), or to don’t pay for their mistakes. And things like that.

Thinking about how important family values and morality have been to society, I don’t know why they haven’t created yet an obligatory class for all the school and college levels, with a representative number of hours, for teaching those subjects: family values and morality. That would exist to assume the role many parents aren’t being capable of assuming. The teacher should be a psychologist or psychopedagogist able to create a bond with all the students, to talk to them, to teach the importance of doing the right, of being right, of fighting for the right. Nothing theoretical, but like a group counseling. Not linked to any kind of religion at all, just showing how to be a better person and things that, in the future, will make a difference to the kids. If it’s rightly done, it would be the solution of many problems in the world.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Don’t ever let the wrong get by

As a Brazilian citizen we are used to see and hear about corruption everyday.
It is everywhere, but mostly in our government and governmental institutions. Our president party, the “PT” or “Partido dos Trabalhadores”, and most of his close friends, have been accused and condemned of serious crimes, mostly of stealing the nation’s money originally destined to health, education and other fundamental necessities. Anyway, Lula remains in the power with one of the greatest public acceptance ever.

I can’t understand it. How can the politicians of a country with thousands of kids dying everyday of hunger steal from it’s own people to buy castles, mansions, helicopters, to satisfy their luxury? How can they see a little kid starving and don’t feel guilty about it? They are directly killing them. The same thing with our health: thousands and thousands of people dying of “dengue”, a disease very close to the yellow fever, because of the poor situation of the hospitals the government maintain so they and all their parents can have the car of the year. One of the richest country in the world with one of the biggest miserable population.

Even so, the public acceptance is better than ever. That’s because most of our people aren’t educated, and the politicians are happy to keep it this way. So they can, with a few bucks, with programs like “bolsa familia”, buy their votes and acceptance. I just can’t understand how can they live with themselves.
And we are all so used to it that nobody do nothing.

We who are educated and can see what is really happening and do nothing about it, we too are guilty of this situation. We have to fight against it. We can’t accept it. We have to protest, to show everyone our point of view, do what we can to change our country and our world. Because it’s ours too, and if we don’t change it, nobody will. We are the makers!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

MindFlow VideoBlog #23

In this edition MindFlow:
- Aswer the question of the week: "What is the concept of the album Just the two of us... me and Them?"
- Talks about the inspiration of the new album.
- much more!


Monday, May 4, 2009

Taming the Bull - Part V

5.Taming the Bull

The whip and rope are necessary,
Else he might stray off down some dusty road.
Being well trained, he becomes naturally gentle.
Then, unfettered, he obeys his master.

When one thought arises,
another thought follows.
When the first thought springs from enlightenment,
all subsequent thoughts are true.
Through delusion, one makes everything untrue.
Delusion is not caused by objectivity;
it is the result of subjectivity.
Hold the nose-ring tight
and do not allow even a doubt.

6. Riding the Bull Home

Mounting the bull, slowly I return homeward.
The voice of my flute intones through the evening.
Measuring with hand-beats the pulsating harmony,
I direct the endless rhythm.
Whoever hears this melody will join me.

This struggle is over;
gain and loss are assimilated.
I sing the song of the village woodsman,
and play the tunes of the children.
Astride the bull, I observe the clouds above.
Onward I go, no matter who may wish to call me back.

7. The Bull transcended

Astride the bull, I reach home.
I am serene. The bull too can rest.
The dawn has come. In blissful repose,
Within my thatched dwelling
I have abandoned the whip and rope.

All is one law, not two.
We only make the bull a temporary subject.
It is as the relation of rabbit and trap, of fish and net.
It is as gold and dross,
or the moon emerging from a cloud.
One path of clear light travels on
Throughout endless time.