by ivo Henfling
Costaricans, we call e'm Ticos, have a much different mindset than people from first world countries. I don’t mean that negatively, quite the contrary. After having lived in this beautiful country myself for 35 years, I can only agree with many things they do and the way they take decisions.
Costa Rica is one of the few countries in Latin American that hasn’t gone through a serious civil war. Costa Rica’s civil war lasted only 44 days and I’m under the impression they agreed on their differences in some cantina on the Cerro de la Muerte.
When you live in Costa Rica, it will take you a while to get used to the way things are done by some Ticos. Some still amaze me when I’m confronted with it, most I don’t. This mindset has, I’m sure, a lot to do with the fact that they have not gone through long civil wars, having to live with food shortages and having to try to survive through a lot of suffering. Thankfully Costa Rica doesn’t have an army either, so many Ticos suffer (or probably not) from a lack of discipline.
Many of the daily decisions taken by Ticos will either be by shortcut or the easy way. If the decision is the wrong one, one day it will be corrected. And if not corrected, we’ll just live with it.