I hear from a lot of people about how they can’t wait to move to “paradise”.
Paradise? Who are you kidding?
Yeah, a lot of people have this fantasy that the Philippines is paradise on earth. Well, friends, I have just one thing to tell you: There is no paradise on earth! Forget it, it does not exist! Everything here is not perfect. In fact, the Philippines is far from perfect, most things here are problematic in one way or another. A lot of stuff does not work the way it should. Almost everything in life has pitfalls and problems. If you want to live in the Philippines you will need to learn how to deal with these challenges. If you can’t deal with it, you will certainly not be happy here. The majority of foreigners who move here end up leaving and going back “home” in just a few years.
In the past few days I have been getting some real firm examples of this kind of “paradise” thinking.
I’m not coming for vacation!
One fellow wrote to me and said simple “Well, no vacation in the Philippines this year.”
I was unsure why he would not be coming for vacation (actually I did not even know he planned to come for vacation), so I wrote him back and asked why he was cancelling his vacation. He responded that “all of the killings” made it where he did not want to come here.
“All of the killings”? What killings was he talking about?
- The drug war?
- The Marawi terrorist event?
- Some other killings that I am unaware of?
I told him that the killings that I was aware of were only making the country safer. I mean, the Marawi even caused a lot of innocent people to be killed, but the resulting Martial Law (most Americans misspell it.. it is not “Marshall Law” it is MARTIAL law) is only cleaning up terrorists and making it safer here in the Philippines (particularly Mindanao) than it used to be.
The Drug War? Well, cleaning up the drug dealers is probably doing the same.
Even with these killings… this guy is from the USA. How about all of the killings in Chicago and other big cities in the USA. He is still willing to live in the USA. What about the constant terrorist attacks in Europe? It seems like we are having such attacks almost weekly or more in Europe. Would he be willing to go to London? I imagine he would.
Another American friend was going on about Martial Law on Facebook. He talked about how, if he ever returned to the Philippines, he would demonstrate and speak out about the killings and the misdeeds of the government. I told him that if he did that he would be deported. His response… “what about freedom of speech?” LOL, I replied to him and told him that if he thought that as a foreigner living in the Philippines he would have freedom of speech he should think again and be sure to research into it before making the move!
Over the years that I have lived in the Philippines, I have seen a lot of foreigners being deported for speaking out against the Philippine Government.
If you want to live in the Philippines, and particularly if you want to be happy in the Philippines, keep your mouth shut and forget about what is going on in the Government! Concentrate on enjoying your life and let those who have a stake in Philippine Politics worry about demonstrating against the government. It is not your business, or mine!
In the entire world, there is no country that is “Paradise”. If you are looking for paradise, forget it. If you want to live a happy life, you don’t need paradise for that. Only you can adjust your attitude to the point where you are happy with your life. If you want to be happy, you can be happy pretty much wherever you are in the world. Maybe in some places you will be marginally happier than in other places, but basically only you can make you happy.