QCOSTARICA – “There is no supermarket to buy years of life, life will pass you by and you will have to take stock of how you spent it,” were the words of advice, forcefully imparted to the audience at the Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR) by Uruguay’s former president, Jose Mujica.
Mujica was in Costa Rica last week (on Wednesday) to give the lecture at the Cuidad Investigacion (City of Research) of the UCR, where he spoke on various topics such as the negative effects of capitalism, the environment and even happiness.
The former president said that governments should not only worry about the development of their countries, but also have a duty to ensure the welfare of its citizens.
“Development without happiness is worse than any tall tale (cuento chino in Spanish),” said the Uruguayan.
Mujica also referred to the disadvantages in Latin America in relation to other first world countries, a situation that makes it inconvenient for trade agreements due to inequities.
Before visiting the UCR, Mujica took the time to meet with President Luis Guillermo Solis at Casa Presidencial (government house in Zapote), where … continue reading