“… I never felt that I was a victim and I did not live my life in fear. There is a great peace and many tangible benefits to that frame of mind. Here is a story that illustrates my point: In 1935 I was serving as a chef on a large cruise ship, making regular runs between New York City, Miami, Florida and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil as well as other cities down the Brazilian coast. On one particular day my crew mates and I got into a debate as to which was the best and most beautiful beach. Pointing to the sandy swath not far from the deck on which we were seated, most of my friends were adamant that Miami hosted the finest beaches on the planet. I, however had a very different opinion. Having been born in Brazil, I clearly felt that Copacabana Beach was far superior, with its white sands, clear blue water and throngs of Cariocas swimming,dancing and enjoying life. It was, for me, a paradise on earth. But try as I might, I was unable to sway my unyielding companions.