Brazil Exemplifies Why Relationships Matter

Reject others and others will reject you.

Both Brazil and India have out-of-control pandemic cases strangling their populations. The nations with means are trying to help India with medicines, supplies like oxygen and the like. However, it appears that nothing is being done internationally to try to help Brazil.

The main difference is that President Jair Bolsonaro has been “shoving a stick in the eyes” of other national leaders ever since he became president. He has also not led an effective response to the pandemic, ignoring the impacts to people and the medical system of his country — even to the point of downplaying the impacts of the virus, which he personally experienced when he contracted it in 2020.

If you are looking for others to come to your aid, you first have to be open to them before your crisis and willing to meet people halfway. The bottom line is that Bolsonaro has not cultivated any international relationships with the West and will likely suffer the consequences to his nation. The sad part is his people are the ones suffering.

What applies to nations also applies to cities, counties and states here in our country.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.