"Brazilians, to generalize awfully, are emotionally bipolar," Mr. [Alex] Bellos,
who divides his time between England and Brazil, said in an interview.
"Everything is either the best in the world or the worst in the world. They have a superiority complex in terms of football, yet the flipside is a developing nation's crushing insecurity complex. When they win they forget their problems. They are the happy, party-loving. When they lose it reinforces a sense that they are useless and predestined towards failure — not just in football but in everything."
If you replace the word "football" with "food" or "culture," this becomes New Orleans.
Maybe we (e.g. I) need to be a little more even-keeled.
I think Mr. Melpomene would agree.