Monday, September 05, 2005

A Big (Wind) Blow

On the one hand I feel it inappropriate. On the other hand I feel a certain sense of reverse superiority upon hearing the difficulties that the U.S. government and the people in Katrina-stricken states are experiencing. Hearing them Americans whine made me realize how spoiled these people are—they’re so used to living in first-world comfort, they’ve become paralyzed when the hurricane struck. Unlike us Filipinos in our ratty third-world country, we’ve become so resilient in the face of typhoons, earthquakes, Pinatubo eruptions, and a progression of presidential pull-me-downs via people power.

It’s weird to feel proud that we Filipinos are masters at making do and bouncing back from hell. Can’t we experience heaven—or at least a decently working government—for once?

P.S. – Predictably al Qaeda released a statement saying Hurricane Katrina is the “wrath of God”. Yeah right, and the Asian tsunami was Allah’s first-strike against predominantly Muslim Asian countries.


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12:33 PM  
Blogger fried-neurons said...

"Spoiled" in the context of your post is a relative term, and not necessarily bad, because it simply indicates a higher standard of living. By that measure, Filipinos in the Philippines are also spoiled, when the point of reference is a country that is poorer.

4:10 PM  
Blogger McVie said...

Yes you're right, "spoiled" is a relative term, with Americans being more "spoiled" relative to Filipinos.

That's why my point about how Filipinos are "resilient" is actually both a compliment and a dig at us Filipinos--compliment because we can easily bounce back, but a dig because "resiliency" becomes a euphemism for "sanay maging mahirap", or in other words, "mga dukha!"

1:02 AM  
Anonymous Phillip said...

Ang nakakataas ng kilay pa dito ay magdodonate pa ang Pilipinas ng pera para sa hurricane victims. Wala na ngang pera ang Pinas, magdo-donate pa. :(

Kung minsan nakaka-aliw din mag-isip ang mga Muslim, 'no?

12:22 PM  
Blogger nam said...

nobody can beat us in terms of pagtitiis. ive been witness to many calamities in the past, been witness to katrina too. pinoys always find a way to smile.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Saint Eroica said...

i tried to place my long, sensible, serious comment this morning but for some reasons, i couldn't post it. i lost the comment :( i'm too duped to retype it. anyway, good stuff here.

10:37 PM  
Blogger McVie said...

SAINT EROICA: Sorry to hear about your long-lost comment (parang long-lost sibling or something...). Was it the word verification step that threw you off?

Sorry to impose that step, but I've been getting spam comments lately, and I really, really hate them.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Saint Eroica said...

i did follow the verification step... and the comment i made was lost... it's ok... c u around!

2:39 PM  

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