Lets face it, we cannot win any kind of war against China. No, we cannot. And let’s not use some historical facts to back up any assumptions that we can. Let us not be idiots and use the analogy of ant vs. carabao, and that the ant can win because it can look for its opponent’s weakness. China has the worst of all worlds, may it be enslavement (Japan, England),capitalism (Chiang Kai Shek), feudalism (dynasties),and communism (Mao’s, Deng’s). What do we have so far? Yes, we do have enslavement (Spanish, American), capitalism ( well, do I need to expound?), and feudalism ( or frailocracy, under Spanish). You may therefore conclude that my argument goes into saying that communism makes a country strong. I’m pretty sure that some historians would oppose to this, lest we forget North Korea and Cuba. Well, that is not what I mean. What I’m trying to say is, these factors made China stronger. China is like a World War 2 POW, who was thrown to the ocean with his toes cuffed with 10 tons of steel, who felt the worst of drowning and was trying to swim his way up, but the weight of steel rebelled to it. Who with his cunning ability was able to remove the cuff, swam his way up like a deprived eel, and for the first and last time, appreciated the value of oxygen and air, lungs angry and heart crying. That’s what darkness can do, makes you appreciate the light. And that’s what happened to them. And now, they are aggressive. Yes, they are not perfect, will never be, just like the rest of us. They have violated things that in our land will not ever happen. Since there are no absolutes, given their Maoist stand, reducing their populace into mere units and can easily be dispensed is a normal thing. Compared to us, we think we value life because of our predominant belief, though this is more of a farce in my own thinking. So, going back to China, here you can see students go to school despite heavy rain and short breaks, or none at all. Workers who are willing to work with minimum wage, or as small as someone couldn’t imagine. But, this dragon attitude of theirs is materializing. It shows with the progress of their economy. So, it’s up to you my fellow countrymen. I think it’s better if we go back to our roots and address our serious problems. No, I’m not talking about corrupt government officials. I’m talking about the our level of education, how parents raise their children, how employees treat their work, our culture outlook. Last thing is, how we use our gifts. Let’s tackle these things, this brings food on the table. As of Spratlys, well, Singapore and Malaysia are progressive Southeast Asia countries without a group of islands.
As part of my first post, I want to express things that I normally share with someone I talk with. Characterized with grief and enthusiasm, failures and good reasons, disappointments and hopes, I venture with my companion through the downs and ups of reality that is evident from the corners of our schools, the films tagged as Filipino made, market trends, local trends, and the everyday schism that we are witnessing but blindly conforming with. You may react against ‘downs and ups’ that I stated. Well, let me break the ice and say that I prefer to start with the word ‘downs’ since I need say things from the grounds of cynical and sarcasm, to be sprinkled on the plethora of facts and insights that are crying everyday.
The Philippines before and now, I would say, is not far different. Our country was not a world power ,nor a major economic power. Our ancestors were not united as well, a far cry from what happened in Japan and China, for they were united by a shogun with the former and an emperor with the latter. We didn’t have a kingdom of our own, and an arrays of ancient monuments are not visible. Though I know this is not the main point for some economists and intelligent people . Unlike the arrogant foreigner I heard while my girlfriend and I were at Ayala museum where he said that Filipinos didn’t originally know the truth about history and how we came up to be (he was laughing out loud while he was saying this with his peers).
I know it’s not too late for us. For this country to know it’s DNA and work on it. For it might be true that this country survives because of labor exporting and call centers, but we do not end there. It’s not too late for this country to contribute to world market, brands to brag, works of art, and accolades of her greatness. It’s not too late, for it was proven before. One person did it, and he is our national hero.