Socrates

Editor’s Note:

Sometimes you read a best seller book and wondering emotionally how much the information was a mover and shaker in your perception and thought and how much it changed your view of life and improved your level of interaction and understanding with beings in your surrounding and in general in this so called civilized jungle.

When I read the New York Times obituaries on Monday Dec,5 2011  though brief it had a great impact on me. You may call short and deep versus. Long and shallow. Story of one man that was a best actor not a best seller in comparison with. tons of autobiographies that make you cross you leg on a chair while reading.

SOCRATES, the soccer great and medical doctor, a pro democracy activist, actor, writer was a victim of a culture that chose excessive self and social destruction by adopting a self fulfilling temporary joy vs. healthy ways of getting out of induced chronic social suffering. In this case though sounds contradictory, Brazil that people worship success (healthy sport) and excessive drinking (unhealthy habits). While dealing with poverty and decades of dictatorship. Is not a familiar story written in the pages of history books of mankind, that poor keep suffering and struggling in daily real life while dreaming to have minimum human decency and rights vs mostly insensitive rich.

These social issues of addictions (like smoking, drugs, alcohol, gambling …) and other that mostly is an import phenomena or home made by imposed powers to be dictators invented for mass numbness and social frame destruction to prevent struggle and revolt by the suppressed people just for keeping the power as a way of covering their multiple psychosocial short coming (compulsive social power addict) It is worth to point out or raise this question why is to hard to be understood that military is for protection of borders of given county by our brightest policy makers of our globe not the other way around? Let us  pray for spirit of this great fallen being while, many millions of us keep trying to work as hard as we can for a better and just globe.

A few lessons can be learned here:

1. Thinking is good but drinking and  smoking is bad
2. If you face a problem intervene sooner than later
3. No heroes are perfect and in the world of relativity being perfect has no meaning and actually is misleading.

 

Socrates

Source: Simon Romero

Sócrates, the soccer great and medical doctor who transcended the sport through his involvement in Brazil’s pro-democracy movement and his outspoken defense of his own bohemian excesses, died on Sunday in São Paulo, Brazil. He was 57.

The cause was septic shock from an intestinal infection, according to a statement from Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, where he was admitted on Saturday.

Sócrates, the captain of Brazil’s team in the 1982 World Cup, had been hospitalized three times in the last four months. In recent interviews, he had described liver problems related to decades of heavy drinking, for which he was sometimes pilloried

“This country drinks more cachaça than any other in the world, and it seems like I myself drink it all,” he once told an interviewer, referring to the popular Brazilian spirit made from fermented sugar cane. “They don’t want me to drink, smoke or think?”

“Well,” he said, “I drink, smoke and think.”

His exuberant style reflected an expansive and multifaceted career. In addition to playing soccer, he practiced medicine and dabbled in coaching and painting. He also wrote newspaper columns, delving into subjects as varied as politics and economics, and made forays into writing fiction and acting on the stage.

Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira was born on Feb. 19, 1954, in the Amazonian city of Belém do Pará, Brazil. His upbringing was more privileged than that of many Brazilian professional soccer players, who often rise from abject poverty.

Emerging in the 1970s as a promising young player in Ribeirão Preto, in the interior of São Paulo State, he studied medicine while playing for provincial teams before attaining his medical degree at 24. After that, he moved to Corinthians, the famous São Paulo club with a big following among Brazil’s poor.

An outspoken athlete with the “heel of gold” was also a physician and writer.

Known to his fans as Doctor and Big Skinny, a reference to his spindly 6-foot-4-inch frame, Sócrates arrived at Corinthians at a time of intense political activity in São Paulo, a period when anger and resistance were coalescing against the military dictatorship that ruled Brazil.

Sócrates, in addition to organizing a movement advocating greater rights for Corinthians players, spoke at street protests in the 1980s calling for an end to authoritarian rule. That movement helped usher in a transition to democracy.

Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, praised Sócrates in a statement on Sunday.

“Dr. Sócrates was a star on the field and a great friend,” said Mr. da Silva, a Corinthians fan who is being treated for throat cancer at the hospital where Sócrates died. “He was an example of citizenship, intelligence and political consciousness.”

On the field, Sócrates was known as a wily strategist who could elegantly employ his signature move, a back-heel pass. At a time when many players maintained a clean-cut appearance, Sócrates had a beard and sometimes appeared with his long hair held back in a headband, like the tennis star Bjorn Borg.

Fans of Sócrates mention his name in the same breath as Brazilian soccer greats like Pelé, Ronaldo and Romário. But unlike those players, he was never part of a World Cup championship team.

The team he captained in 1982 was considered among the best to play the game, but it lost to Italy, 3-2, in the second round. In the 1986 World Cup, Sócrates missed a penalty kick in a quarterfinal loss to France.

Revered for his rebellious irreverence and his “heel of gold,” he deplored the way Brazilian soccer had evolved in recent years, criticizing the new playing styles as “bureaucratic” and “conservative.”

“Being sensible isn’t always the best thing,” Sócrates told The Guardian in 2010.

While Sócrates often defended his nonconformist style, he struggled publicly with his demons, too.

In televised comments this year, he described his struggle with alcoholism, leading to a broader debate in Brazil over the country’s drinking habits. As recently as August, he said that he had abstained from drinking “so that my liver can unite the conditions to be balanced.”

He is survived by his wife and six children, The Associated Press reported.

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