“Kung talagang gusto, maraming paraan;
Kung talagang ayaw, maraming dahilan…”
(“If you really want it, there are many ways;
If you don’t really want it, there are many excuses.”)
The unfortunate Truth about the general collective failure of Filipinos as a society and the dismal performance of the Philippines on the world stage reveals that Filipinos simply don’t really seem to want to be successful, to begin with.
It’s already the year 2016 and here we are still sticking to a lot of old, outdated, and discarded paradigms that have impoverished other countries – many of whom have since decided to get their acts together by adopting new ways of thinking that are making them move forward. Worse, our problems just continue to get worse. Instead of simply working in the most menial jobs abroad, we increasingly have more and more of our people going into risky criminal “contract jobs” such as acting as drug mules or even getting into prostitution just to make ends meet for their families back home.
And yet. The problem is just right there staring at Filipinos in the face: Poverty and the lack of economic opportunities.
For some reason, many Filipinos still just don’t get it. The slogan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. Isn’t strong enough to jolt many of us into lobbying for the right policies to get adopted. Until today, we still often come across outdated dinosaur types. Who would much rather emphasize romantic, but who are naïve rhetoric. Over and above the much needed practical realities of Filipinos needing jobs. Also, food on the table.
To this day, there still exist many of the so-called “Nationalistic” Filipinos. Who would rather have Filipinos suffering at home from hunger or forced to work abroad. In demeaning, dangerous, or even illegal types of work. Due to chronic unemployment back home. As long as the so-called Philippine Patrimony gets maintained. The so-called “avaricious” and exploitative “imperialist” foreign investors are getting kept away.
Most of them come from Left-leaning Marxist or Maoist ideological backgrounds. Who refused to be in sync with the rest of the world as even Leftists and Socialists. From Europe, and Latin America. Has shifted over to embrace economic liberalization, globalization, and foreign direct investment. As allies in the fight against poverty. Case in point: During one Ibero-American summit. Spanish Prime Minister José Luís Zapatero y Rodríguez. An avowed leftist Socialist with a leftist pedigree. (one ancestor was a Communist who fought. Against the Right-wing Franco-led Phalangists during the Spanish Civil War). Told fellow leftist, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez that to solve unemployment. One fast and effective way was to invite foreign investors in.
Not too long ago, even leftist/Socialist former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet. Herself oversaw the pouring in of foreign direct investments into Chile. In her administration’s drive to improve Chile’s economy and create more employment opportunities. The same thing went on with Brazil’s leftist ex-President Fernando Lula da Silva. An ex-lathe operator & machinist: Foreign investors get welcomed in. As a means to create greater employment opportunities to better serve the masses.
Quite unfortunately. The Philippines continues to have quite a large number of so-called “intellectuals”. Still subscribing to all the wrong ideas.
Worse, whenever a clamor for reforms got made by well-meaning citizens. Some of these so-called “intellectuals”. Come out in full force to make excuses on why such reforms wouldn’t work. It’s almost as if these people insist that the Philippines is doomed to failure. They complain that the Philippines is poor. Because of wrong policies adopted by government. But when corrective policies get advocated in order to get rid of those wrong policies. They oppose those policy suggestions. Saying “it’s not going to work” without even offering any realistic insight. About what exactly will work.
Often, it’s just a plain simple exercise in common sense. Other countries. In the region have done certain things that worked. Thus, the Philippines should take concrete steps. To try to emulate the successful policies. Adopted by those countries in order to emulate their successes. But still, we continue to have naysayers coming out the woodwork. Trying to dismiss any suggestion that the Philippines should learn. From the experiences of other countries.