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Post by gilbs on Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:26 pm

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Why are Filipinos so Poor?
[An Excerpt] By F. Sionil José

In the Fifties and Sixties [the Philippines] was the most envied country in Southeast Asia. Remember when Indonesia got its independence in 1949 it had only 114 university graduates compared with the hundreds of Ph.D.’s that were already in our universities. Why then were we left behind? The economic explanation is simple. We did not produce cheaper and better products.

But this physical poverty is really not as serious as the greater poverty that afflicts us and this is the poverty of the spirit.

Why then are we poor? More than ten years ago, James Fallows, editor of the Atlantic Monthly, came to the Philippines and wrote about our damaged culture which, he asserted, impeded our development. Many disagreed with him but I do find a great deal of truth in his analysis.

This is not to say that I blame our social and moral malaise on colonialism alone. But we did inherit from Spain a social system and elite that, on purpose, exploited the masses. Then, too, in the Iberian peninsula, to work with one’s hands is frowned upon and we inherited that vice as well. Colonialism by foreigners may no longer be what it was, but we are now a colony of our own elite.

We are poor because we are poor — this is not a tautology. The culture of poverty is self-perpetuating. We are poor because our people are lazy. I pass by a slum area every morning - dozens of adults do nothing but idle, gossip and drink. We do not save.

We are great show-offs. Look at our women, how overdressed, over-coiffed they are, and Imelda epitomizes that extravagance. Look at our men, their manicured nails, their personal jewelry, their diamond rings. Yabang - that is what we are, and all that money expended on status symbols, on yabang….

We are poor because our nationalism is inward looking.

And finally, we are poor because we have lost our ethical moorings. We condone cronyism and corruption and we don’t ostracize or punish the crooks in our midst. Both cronyism and corruption are wasteful but we allow their practice because our loyalty is to family or friend, not to the larger good.

I am not looking for a foreign power for us to challenge. But we have a real and insidious enemy that we must vanquish, and this enemy is worse than the intransigence of any foreign power. WE ARE OUR OWN ENEMY. And we must have the courage, the will, to change ourselves.

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Re: Why are Filipinos so Poor?

Post by eyecon01 on Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:33 am

On a different note... Have you guys heard about the chinese columnist who said " THE PHILIPPINES IS A NATION OF SERVANTS" who went on and racially discriminated the whole Filipino and our country? I think we hould be more concerned about that for now than on how poor we are, because that guys needs to go down!

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Re: Why are Filipinos so Poor?

Post by gilbs on Mon Mar 30, 2009 10:17 am

eyecon01 wrote:On a different note... Have you guys heard about the chinese columnist who said " THE PHILIPPINES IS A NATION OF SERVANTS" who went on and racially discriminated the whole Filipino and our country? I think we hould be more concerned about that for now than on how poor we are, because that guys needs to go down!


opo sir, may nagpost na po nyan, sir maraming salamat sa mga nagviews at nagshare ng kanilang mga opinyon at kuru kurlo. Anu man po ang inyong nai share ay akin pong ginagalang, Mabuhay po ang Pilipinas, Bangon Lahing Kayumangi! 2thumbsup
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Re: Why are Filipinos so Poor?

Post by eyecon01 on Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:02 pm

On your views my good friend, I apologize kasi I could never help myself but feel bad about the whole nation. True we are rich in happiness and love, but that will not push us through the next millennium if we don't change our views in life. We (Filipinos) as a whole pursue a never ending vanity to push ourselves higher than the rest. Yes this too is evident on other races but it seems that in our case, vanity is much more important than anything else.

There are a few people that strive hard to change this, thats probably why maraming nangingibang bansa to change. But what can a select few honest politicians, policeman, housewives and husbands do amidst mediocrity? Kayat for me, I'll do what I can, help my country help myself... I'm still proud to be a Filipino but seeing it in a different perspective now... sometimes skews that view. Hopefully after we elect a new president, this will slowly but eventually change.
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Re: Why are Filipinos so Poor?

Post by v_wrangler on Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:33 pm

pricklypineapple wrote:hmmm....i'm poor....
cuz of women....dammit Mad

Hahaha! Nobody could have said it better!
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Re: Why are Filipinos so Poor?

Post by enjoy8OGART on Mon Mar 30, 2009 9:40 pm

mga bossings at masters just reading this thread dami info natutunan, hehe thanks... wake up call peace man
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