Governments would like for you to believe that they have everything in control and that everything will be fine as long as that administration or regime is in power.
But Sao Paulo, Brazil, shows us otherwise.
Imagine the largest city in a country with municipal water, and the widespread corruption in the government leads to water shortages for the everyday people. In fact, the needs of the people for water were sacrificed to the “needs” of giant corporate concerns.
It’s a disturbing story, and, if you haven’t really thought about this possibility, this article will shake you up.
People said, “We saw people behave like animals.” And you need to realize that this is the way that a water crisis plays out.
Why is that? According to the article in The Guardian:
[W]hereas catastrophic situations like flooding often fosters solidarity, a lack of resources tends to do the opposite, leading to chaos and even violence. In Itu, a city 100km from São Paulo a desperate water shortage in late 2014 led to fighting in queues, theft of water, and the looting of emergency water trucks, which are now accompanied by armed civil guards. These events left many paulistanos wondering how the hardship might play out in their own pressurised and densely populated city.
Think it couldn’t happen here? That’s what the people of Sao Paulo thought, too, and I’m not sure that you can say our government is less corrupt than their government. Better to be prepared.