Why Is The Philippines Poor?

A nice email forwarded by a friend to me and is quite worth of your time reading. Here it is:

Dear Friends,

Here is a good article sent by Dr. Arsenio Martin of Fort Arthur , Texas ..
Enjoy reading.


The difference between the poor countries and the rich ones is not the age of the country:

This can be shown by countries like India & Egypt , that are more than 2000 years old, but are poor.

On the other hand, Canada , Australia & New Zealand , that 150 years ago were inexpressive, today are developed countries, and are rich.

The difference between poor & rich countries does not reside in the available natural resources.

Japan has a limited territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture & cattle raising, but it is the second world economy. The country is like an
immense floating factory, importing raw materials from the whole world and exporting manufactured products.

Another example is Switzerland , which does not plant cocoa but has the best chocolate in the world. In its little territory they raise animals and plant the soil during 4 months per year. Not enough, they produce dairy products of the best quality! It is a small country that transmits an image of security, order & labor, which made it the world's strongest, safest place.

Executives from rich countries who communicate with their counterparts in poor countries show that there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin color are also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in their countries of origin are the productive power in rich European countries.

What is the difference then? The difference is the attitude of the people, framed along the years by the education & the culture & flawed tradition.

On analyzing the behavior of the people in rich & developed countries, we find that the great majority follow the following principles in their lives:
  1. 1. Ethics, as a basic principle.
  2. 2. Integrity.
  3. 3. Responsibility.
  4. 4. Respect to the laws & rules.
  5. 5. Respect to the rights of other citizens.
  6. 6. Work loving.
  7. 7. Strive for savings & investment.
  8. 8. Will of super action.
  9. 9. Punctuality.
  10. 10. and of course...Discipline
In poor countries, only a minority follow these basic principles in their daily life.

The Philippines is not poor because we lack natural resources or because nature was cruel to us. In fact, we are supposedly rich in natural resources.

We are poor because we lack the correct attitude. We lack the will to comply with and teach these functional principles of rich & developed societies.

If you do not forward this message nothing will happen to you. Your pet will not die, you will not be fired, you will not have bad luck for seven years, and also, you will not get sick or go hungry.

But those may happen because of your lack of discipline & laziness, your love for intrigue and politics, your indifference to saving for the future, your stubborn attitude.

If you love your country, let this message circulate so that many Filipinos could reflect about this, & CHANGE, ACT!

Knock knock fellow Cebuano's!!!!!


angielen said...

this is good. :) i wish the Filipinos would change their mentality. ahuuhuhh.

bisaya said...

thanks angielen..yup, i 100% agree! if only each and every filipino would think something good for their country, then who knows? a year or two then pinas might be able to fix some its problemos..jeez, that rice crisis makes me hungry..

Anonymous said...

perte saktuha...etranslate ni to bisaya isda aron makasabot atong mga kaigsuonan nga dili makasabot ug english...

one more thing...yes, most filipinos lack discipline but i guess this is the aftermath of 300 years of colonization under the mismanagement of the spanish empire...early filipinos (prespanish era) are well disciplined, hardworking, and definitely the very opposite of what those bastard spaniards told us about our origin...

for more than 300 years those idiot spaniards instilled in the mind of our people that we are lazy and we deserve to be treated like slaves...

before we have to judge the people in any states or countries we must learn to study first their backgrounds or histoy and what constitute to their current way of thinking...look for significant correlations and the likes. this way we can have a deeper analysis on what is really the cause why people acted this or that way. and if we know the cause then it would be easier for us to look for the solution...

waah...kataas sa ako comment...pagkaimmorel!!!!


bisaya said...

i guess we need not to blame it to the colonizers..they're already dead,gone,dust--history..if we want to change we could! but having only a couple of filipinos who wanted this change, while the majority neglects--then its still no use..hahay!