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Monday, September 14, 2009

Social Climate in the Philippines Excerpt from an Article

Nais ko pong ibahagi sa inyong lahat ang ilang bahagi mula sa mga artikulong sinulat ni Johansen Sven-Inge na pinamagatang "The Marvellous Country, The Philippines, an article"

Sa mga artikulo dito ay makikita ang masusing pagkakakilatis ng Pilipinas at ng kultura nito base na rin sa mga personal na karanasan ng manunulat. Ang unang pagbisita ni Johansen sa Asya ay sa bansang Pilipinas. Karamihan sa mga impormasyon ay mula sa pakikipag-usap sa mga kapwa natin Filipino gayundin sa mga kababayan niyang mula sa England at Norway na naninirahan sa Pilipinas.

Narito ang isang sinulat ni Johansen tungkol sa Social Climate ng ating bansa...

Social Climate

The social climate in the Philippines is strongly influenced by the fact that around 30% of the 97 million people are being forced to live beneath the poverty level. That is 29 million! What means 29 million exactly? For the sake of comparison: Canada has a population of 33 million, Israel 7, 2, Singapore has 4,6 and that’s it! Taiwan has 23 million and Iraq has 30.7 million, which is only a little more than the poorest of the Philippines. Norway, Sweden and Denmark have populations between 4,7 and 9 Million. 29 million people is a lot. It is a huge number. 29 million are hungry, badly dressed, living with low housing standards, weak, afraid and exposed to diseases they wouldn’t get if they were well fed! The most horrible fact is: This is totally unnecessary!!

Seen in contrast to the around 5000 people, who are so wealthy and rich that they don’t even know what to do with their money, it is a very bad omen for the future. These people think they deserve the money they make! They do not want to understand the simple fact that only a certain amount of money runs through the monetary circulation of a country. If a few take the most of the money, the rest will have to share what is left!

Do we have to be reminded of what happened as an upbeat to the revolutions in Paris, in Germany and in Russia in the 19th and the 20th century in order to be able cope with what is going to happen in the Philippines if this situation doesn't change? It is going to be worse than the treatment of the Russian nobleman, who got his tongue nailed to the plate of his table in his dining room, before he was killed by his own badly treated farmers.

Unfair sharing of money has only violence as its consequence! Unfortunately most of the rich and the wealthy do not see the connection! They have their mansions, their castles, their houses surrounded by beautiful gardens or nice parks within
guarded areas, as if they really believe that the poverty does not exist! Poverty means weakness, hunger, feelings of unworthiness while living under disgraceful living standards, diseases and in many cases, bitterness. Bitterness is a common and well known cause for crime. To accept poverty, like the rich families in the Philippines are doing, is actually to accept that someone is sawing off the branch they are sitting on! A social catastrophe like a civil war based on poverty
will be the ruin of the country, will have immense costs and will take centuries to heal, because such a disaster breeds new disasters.

Layunin niya na alamin ang lalim at dahilan ng patuloy na pagkakasadlak ng karamihan sa ating mga kababayan sa kahirapan at kawalan ng pag-asa. Sinabi nga niya habang sinusulat ang mga artikulo na, "The truth is very important to me.
In such a complicated matter as this, it is difficult enough to reach a level of reason. I am convinced that the rich western world is obliged to help the third world, e.g. Africa, Asia and Middle- and South America to get a decent democracy without corruption and poverty. If we in the Western world, will let the Philippines turn into chaos, it will influence the stability of the whole Region of East Asia in a very negative way".

Maari po ninyong mabasa ng libre ang kabuuang 17 pahinang sinulat ni Johansen Sven-Inge sa link na ito http://www.sveningejohansen.com/TheMarvellousCountry_ThePhilippines.pdf


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