Ciro Santilli
🔗
🔗
Since Ciro Santilli is Brazilian, this is understandably a common conversation opener.
🔗
And rightly so, since soccer in particular is truly ridiculously popular in Brazil, where "what is your local soccer team?" is just a valid a question as "which city are you from?".
🔗
So here goes Ciro's current ironic answer:
I currently root actively against Brazil.
🔗
The ironic reason is simple: maybe is Brazil loses more on this useless art, then maybe people will get tired of it, and instead invest on more useful and beautiful arts.
🔗
Notably, what Ciro really wants people to root for are:
  • the number of Brazilian Nobel Prizes, which is zero, yes, zero, as of 2020, despite a population of 210 million people. But thank God for our one Field Medal, what an epic start, even though Mathematics is useless.
  • the number of high tech companies that have a global impact, which is likely very low, and must contain only a few mammoths that dominate some local market and therefore got enough money from that to expand a bit of technology worldwide. But they were mostly not classic tech startups that did world innovation from the start.
  • how low your country's Gini coefficient is
🔗
Don't get Ciro wrong.
🔗
🔗
Observing professionals who do it amazingly can be beautiful.
🔗
But why the F do you have to root for a team unless your wife or children are playing in it (and even then..., how will that help?)?
🔗
What will you get from that?
🔗
Even if it is your national team, why does it matter if they win or lose?
🔗
Hooliganism just takes that uselessness to a hole new level.
🔗
Now some confessions.
🔗
A five year old Ciro will never forget when the feeling of Brazil won the 1994 World Cup on the penalties and everyone went mad.
🔗
A nine year old Ciro stopped watching the 1998 World Cup Final of Brazil vs France half way during the 3-0 massacre and went to his front garden to kick his soccer ball on the metallic fence gate which represented a goal.
🔗
After that, Ciro went through puberty he guesses, and noticed that the natural sciences are just cooler.
🔗
🔗

Ancestors

🔗