The “Thomas”

By: EDUARDO OLIVEIRA COSTA

Eduardo Oliveira Costa is a journalist and publisher of several newspapers across Portugal. He is on the board of several organisations, is president of a football club, and has a keen interest in the press, among other media, and the business environment.

THOMAS SAID that if he was going to work for his grandfather, Belmiro de Azevedo, he could only work as a supermarket shop-assistant.

The young grandson of the supermarket chain boss Belmiro de Azevedo gives us an example of humility.

The declarations of the young man who was born in a golden cradle, reminds us of the examples that show that our country is perhaps providing a better education.

I am reminded of the example that I saw some days ago: when a young athlete of a football team fell and hurt himself. It was the athletes of the opposing team who attended to him with physical recovery exercises!

What a lovely example!

The old Portugal, with its little chat clubs, its vanities and its attitudes that one can do everything, as the ends justify the means, may have its days counted!

The lost young generation of Portugal who had little or no appetite for working and no respect for the values of others, youngsters wanting to live the celebrity lifestyle, being arrogant and unconcerned with the difficulties around them could be disappearing. Instead, we now see young people with noble attitudes, who make us realise what we had in the past!

This is why it was so nice to know Thomas’s opinion.

It offers us a comfortable sense of hope for a better future.

I have already heard from someone that the greatness of a country cannot be measured by its size, but by the greatness of its people!

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