Re: Why are we still so damn poor?!

See? I already broke the rule by typing the reply there.

Replying to: http://www.plurk.com/p/2gkbn9

It really depends on your own strategy for progress. Most of the problem really comes from the confusion/apathy between politics and policies.

Many people even educated ones have this misconception that politics is left to the politicians and is a separate category not meant for people to intrude. (outside of protests/elections)

On the flip side, many who know about politics have this boxed thinking on what politics is (or that their position is already the ideal solution that needs no discussion except within the walls of those who know about politics) and under-estimate the true value of a system. Often times the negative result is that government and government officials are blamed/activisted upon instead of rallying people behind an ideology (not just a political one) and making it work.

(Ex. The proverbial phrase of “government is corrupt” that seems like an intelligent answer at first until it gets repeated so much that it’s no better than a “feel good” slogan or an ignorant “but less ignorant sounding” opinion.)

Then of course, there’s the things that seem like separate from government or seem like government officials should do and the people only need to vote the officials in. I’m referring to the subjects of Economics, Enterpreneurship, Social Welfare, Education, etc. etc.

Just look at America, they can’t even fully agree on whether the Free Market exists because of their media. (Yet at the same time, look at how the average Filipino sees America as compared to our country.)

That doesn’t even include the debate on whether the free market works or not.

To quote one youtuber: Even Larry King thinks the difference between capitalism and corporatism is semantics:

The biggest problem with trying to rant about the problem is that the solution is not a trophy but both a marathon and a sprint for any poor country without a direction.

A sprint because like the People Power Revolution showed, we cannot afford to be “like” other countries. We cannot afford to “look” for other countries. We cannot even afford to look within ourselves and our fellow countrymen because in times of suffering, people won’t unite fast enough until “it’s there”.

In the case with the Revolution, from what I read about it (I didn’t participate), as much as I would love to think it was indeed a Revolution by the people who wanted to regain their democratic right, it was more about events causing a domino effect that made it happen.

Yet the long term aftermath didn’t make enough difference because we were in an environment far different from the American Revolution or even when the Philippines declared it’s independence.

That’s where the marathon comes in. That’s when it’s important for the spirit of the events to not only be remembered or felt during a new/recurring “special” event but for people to be surrounded with elders that help inflame their passion even years after the events have passed.

Unfortunately that mere concept alone is not only not being practiced but it’s going the reverse.

The Philippines have crab mentality, colonial mentality, government corruption, vague “catch-all” patriotism, standard school treatment of history as homework and the overall apathy, ignorance and general culture disjointedness between all three major islands that creates a situation that makes it necessary both to sprint and to treat progress like a marathon.

Even after all this, we have a long road stacked ahead of us. We still have to agree and settle upon what we as a people feel are the best economic system, the best education system, the best balance of welfare and the best government system but most importantly, each of us “need” to understand what we are agreeing and settling upon.

We cannot afford to transfer this “democracy” into a democracy about a candidate, a democracy about using the government as a random welfare generating machine (to vaguely help “all” the poor) or even a democracy where people who don’t know about politics (like me) are afraid/bored to talk and participate for fear of being seen as foolish.

I say we cannot afford not because things can’t be improved but because poverty is a major problem.

A major problem can only be alleviated (maybe temporarily be solved) by a great leader surrounded by a great society but in times of suffering, it can be too easy to treat mediocrity as greatness. Too easy to settle for the next scapegoat or the next savior that we continue this pattern of decent improvement that won’t seem to change much about poverty because we are not seeking to change the situation but only create a situation to “tweak” it for the mm length improvement.

(Thus when worse corruption once again reigns it’s head in the future, it pushes all this itsy bitsy progress back and you get the social/government/generational equivalent of a big company buying out a small business and slowing down it’s progress until it eventually decides to rid of it or stagnate the situation to the point that the changes are so small and so slow that it doesn’t really count or feel like “leapfrogging” rising improvements worthy of the title: Change.)

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