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Life Gives Us Problems, We Are The Solution

2250 words - 9 pages

We live in a world we didn’t choose, became a member of a family we didn’t pick and grew in a community we may not want. Who we decide to be or what we want to become is not entirely a product of our own decision, but most likely influenced by the external trends of how the world told us to be who we are. I agree with what Karl Marx has said: “Men make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by them, but under circumstances directly encountered, given and transmitted from the past”. Before we are born, the status quo is already there. Regardless of us liking it or not, it is something we need to be part of. Be that as it may, we are not left having no rooms for choices to make. We have the liberty to choose whether to allow ourselves to be enslaved by the dictates of the existing societal structures and norms, or to refuse to blend in and transform the contracts we do not want the next generation to inherit.
1. Two-Faced Country
In the country I’m from, the Philippines, there has been an existential presence of failed generation contracts in numerous faces. In 2013, whenever a child is born, the child has an approximate debt of Php 56,000 (more than 900 Euros) instantly , whether the child accepts it or not. Basing from a report written by Jubilee Debt Organization, many people remain out of reach from health care services, causing six out of ten Filipinos who become sick die without ever seeing a doctor . Inequality is evident in the widening of the gap between the rich and poor in the Philippines. A data from the World Bank revealed that the net worth of the top 10 billionaires in the country accounts for 15.4% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2013 . This gives the probability that when these 10 people (out of almost 100 million Filipinos) do not live in the country, the GDP of the Philippines is reduced by 15.4%. More to this skewed disparity of wealth, corruption exposés have circled the Philippine media alleging a number of politicians of stealing money from the government. In 2013 alone, the Justice Department and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed complaints against 38 government officials, including a senate president, for corrupt practices . Looking at these sad realities, it is not surprising if there are citizens of such country who lose their trust in the institutions and became skeptical about the country’s future. Certainly, the media succeeded to penetrate discouraging news in the minds and hearts of the people; nevertheless, I would say that those are just one side of the story of reality in the Philippines. In fact, there are inspiring stories from the Filipinos alone, that maybe small in scale but would impact the most significant part of change in the world – the hearts of the people. We witness positivity from international stories like that of Efren Peñaflorida (CNN Hero of the Year 2009), a Filipino who started a "pushcart...

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