Honestly, at first I don’t understand whatthe article entitled “A Damaged Culture” written by James Fallows. The wordsare difficult to understand. I just read the article and I have nothing to dowith it. But then again, as I read again the article, I was mesmerized whathappen years ago. This article shows what happen in the past and it shows whatis the state of the Philippines nowadays.
Atthe start of the articles, it said that the term of Marcos was out and CoryAquino was in. Marcos term lasted for 20 years (1966-1986) and in that longtime, based on what I heard on news and other acquaintances of my relatives,they said that the term of Ferdinand Marcos was a huge deluge in their lives. OnSeptember 21, 1972, Ferdinand Marcos imposed a Martial Law here in thePhilippines due on the circumstances in our country. Dueto the Marcos’ Martial Law, many Filipinos suffered. And then Cory Aquino (alsoknown as Revolutionary President of the Philippines, and the First woman presidentof the Philippines) came in the picture. They said that the arrival of CoryAquino is a blessing to their lives. Because of it, they were freed from thehands of Marcos.
As for Marcos, it is Martial Law and Dictatorship but in theterm of Cory Aquino it was Democracy. As per the definition of Merriam Webster,Democracy is a form a government in which people choose leaders by voting anddemocracy is an organization or situation in which everyone is treated equallyand has equal rights. Democracy has returned to the Philippines because ofCorazon Aquino. But this just merely opinion on what I heard and what I sawbecause I am not born when they were in charge of the Philippines.
Thereis a sentence in the article that stirred my attention, “That culture can makea naturally rich country poor.” As for this sentence, maybe I can agree to it,because of the volume of the colonizers in our country. Just for example, theSpaniards. The colonizers brought their culture here in the Philippines, andthe Filipinos accepted it. And in the end, our own culture died. Our ownculture is not practice or exercise. It is being replaced by the culturebrought by the colonizers.
AsI am thinking what I may put in this reaction paper, I suddenly thought of itsown title the damaged culture; just what like I said on the first part, cultureis being damaged by the colonizers. Who to blame? Is it the colonizers or is itwe the Filipinos? Truthfullysaying, I don’t know who to blame. Maybe I am just guilty. Because peoplenowadays specifically teenagers are hooked up in the Korean dramas and Koreanpopular music. And people are buying things, Made in Japan and a like. Forexample chocolate, some of us choose the imported one and just ignore thechocolate that is made in Philippines. Justlike me, I watched Korean dramas to free from my stress because it is my stressreliever and this way I can spend my leisure time.
But for my opinion, it isokay as long we will never forget our country. ThePost-Kleptocratic Economy, something came up to my mind when I read thosewords, Mesokurtic, Leptokurtic, and Platykurtic popped in my mind, because theyare sounds like. I encountered these words last semester on our Math Subject.These words are type of lines that shows the how peaked or how flat thedistribution may be.
Justby reading the “The Post-Kleptocratic Economy” I am thinking if it is relatedto the distribution of our economy. I searched the word Kleptocratic on mydictionary, to clear out things and find out if it related to words that Imentioned earlier or not. According to Thesaurus dictionary, Kleptocratic is agovernment ruled by the thieves and it is a government or state in which thosein power exploit national resources and steal (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/kleptocratic).Kleptocratic, as the definition mentioned above, Philippines have politicianswho are corrupt.
They used the money of the people for their own sake. Onthe article, this subtopic shows how damaged is our economy. To support thissubtopic, it also gave some examples that show how bad our economy is. TheFilipinos can’t have some houses, they can’t eat food thrice a day, and some ofthem can’t afford a quality education. As you can see, the unemployment rate ofthe Philippines is very high due to the poverty.
And because of this, we havemany OFWs or Overseas Filipino Workers in order to support the needs of theirfamilies. They sacrificed abroad in order to fulfill their needs. Butas I watched news, and that is very timely and related to this, PresidentDuterte will ban OFWs abroad. And of course Filipinos who are working therecomplained. Why President Duterte do that? Because of the Filipinos who weremaltreated by the other people. In view of this, that if this will be true, thegovernment will give a stable occupation for those who will be affected by theban.
I don’t think that the economy of thePhilippines is getting better as the news said, because we have so many streetdwellers in our country especially on Manila Area. This shows that may familiesdo not have their own house and lot or just a house to stay in. They supposedto be in their homes. And sometimes, these street dwellers can be used in somecrimes.
If they have some occupation then they will not be called streetdwellers. Anotherquotable quote caught my attention, as said by one of the economists, “Exploitingnatural resources has always been the base here,” originally, Philippines isrich in its natural resources and trees. It has rich, arable lands, differentgreenery and fauna, broad coastlines, and wealthy mineral stores. Inspite of the wealthy common assets of the Philippines, the government islimiting its misuse.
A logging ban is forced on numerous zones of the nationand as it were in select ranges are “economical logging” permitted. SmokyMountain of the Philippines, this is mountain of wastes and garbage. There’s a song entitled “Anak ng Pasig”,there are lyrics saying, “Kalat doon, kalat dito.
” Our landfills can hold somuch waste. On the off chance that we keep creating so much trash and waste, wewill run out of room. We cannot store our garbage anymore. We should minimizethe use of plastic bags and have a proper waste management. Weshould impose the 3Rs namely: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Reducing ordiminishing is basically making less waste and garbage. It’s too the leadingstrategy for keeping our mother earth clean. By making less waste in thebeginning, eventually there’s less mess to clean up. For instance, dodgingitems wrapped in plastic or a bit much bundled in boxes and sacks is anextraordinary way to create less waste. You’ll too preserve vitality andnatural resources.
Reusingis taking ancient things that you might consider throwing away and finding anew way to utilized the things. From the word itself, Reuse, consider thethings that you might use them again. If you think that you can use again thatthing don’t throw it up. This way you can help to diminish the usage of waste.Reusing makes a difference in circumstances where it isn’t conceivable todiminish. Recyclingis the most regularly publicized of the 3Rs, so it’s likely to listen of itsometime recently. Recycling is changing ancient items into unused ones so theycan be exchanged.
For illustration, the plastic bottles, it can be used as alantern and decorations in your house. Cans can be used as a flower pot. Climatechange is one of the major issues that we are presently stood up to with. Itpertains to severe changes in our environment as appeared by rising oceanlevels, more grounded and more visit storms, and other unordinary calamitieswhich are caused by the devastation of our natural resources. Thisfamous line was from our national hero, Dr. Jose P.
Rizal, “Kabataan angpag-asa ng bayan” (The youth is the hope of our nation). It is exceptionallystraightforward however difficult to demonstrate- since of its profoundthought. This saying is not great these days because of current issues that thecountry is experiencing right now. Just like I mentioned earlier corruption andpoverty these are the 2 main problems of our country. Teenagersdo things that are immoral and things that are against the law.
The ratecontinues to rise in women who are teenagers who are pregnant and not married.They are engaging in pre-marital sex. It’s dishonorable to see that at theiryouthful age presently they’ve learned and do illegal things in order to live.They are engaged in snatching, taking prohibited drugs, stealing, and indeedmurder. The number of minors presently kept in DSWD since the illegalwrongdoings they’ve committed rises each year. Manyof the children are constrained to work instead of playing and studying inschools. It is just like they are the bread winners for their family. At thevery young age, they experience to work in order to provide some money to offerassistance their parents to support their everyday fundamental needs.
Newgeneration, new hope. Do not forget as long as you live there’s hope. We canprove it that we are the hope of our country.
Just don’t give up for yourdreams. That’s why we ought not to let our lives be tossed because of ourproblems take it as a challenge. Our victory will be our country’s radiance. Itis bequest to keep in mind and to act upon. So let’s hold hands and reach outto each other, together we will able to live on.
Tosummarize it all, damaged culture, there’s also saying that everything happensfor a reason. So maybe what happened in our country and what’s happening to ourcountry there’s a reason. But do you think if those events were totallyopposite of what happened in the past years? Yes I think that too.
Things willbe different these days.