While watching TV on our cable channels, one of the topics on the show was how the poor people live in America. So of course I was fascinated by it. Hey, vast majority of the people in the Philippines live below the poverty line. So the host of the show was saying that they will tell how the people lived there in the USA after the commercial.
So I was so intrigued and hooked to the TV. The guest host said that he is sick of the poor people in America, they are whining that they are really poor. But if you go see their houses they will have a pretty descent house, flat screen TV, microwave oven, stove, washer & dryer, dishwasher, cable TV, Xbox 360 or the new one, Wii, fridge and car and many others. The guest host were saying that growing up back in the day, most of the household just had the basic stuff. No whining though that they don’t have this and that.
Quite honestly there is not even a comparison there with the way of living here and the way of living in the West. The poor people here really live difficultly. The West should be ashamed of the whining and complaining. They live the good life compared to any poor places in the third world countries. For the people from the West that never been to any third world countries, they would think that every country in the world lives the way they did.
But if they are watching TV, they will know. I know it’s always shown on TV, like the famine and hunger in Africa. People in the West saw also the people in South America lived, other Asian nations really lives. I know a lot of them watch that movie Slumdog Millionaire. It really features the poor area of India. You know those people carrying some baskets on top of their heads. Never seen those on the developed countries. And it reminds us of how some of the people lived here. It is sad but its the truth though. With the cable TV and the internet now, you can pretty much see how other country lives.
Just see the food of the poor people in the West. When we used to live in the States. A few times we were behind somebody at the grocery store. They’re supposed to be poor because they were using the food stamps. It would have been fine until all the grocery items they had in their cart were all frozen and with name brand. You all know that frozen food are expensive. Here we are behind them helped pay the grocery they had in their cart. We are trying to budget what we can get for our money. We tried to get as much as possible on the sale items. But the people ahead of us just don’t care, they had the food stamp anyway. As if sky is the limit for them. They know how to play the system. Those are the kind of people also that would complained and whined about the hard life they have there. Here most of the families that lives below the poverty line might just eat once a day and only rice with no other food. Some might just have bananas or like a snack thing to fill up their tummy. Just can’t afford to buy some main dish with the rice. If the poor people here experience just a fraction of what the poor people in the West experience, I think the poor Filipinos thinks they are in heaven. Don’t you think? I bet they do.
All in all, you can never compare the life of the poor people here to the life of the poor people in the in the West. But just a reminder to us all that even though most of the people here don’t have the fraction of what the West have, but they still had a big smile in their faces and thankful to God of the life that was given to them. They just don’t have the time to whine about the hard life they had everyday.
The whiners here are the one that have family abroad working and even they are getting some money and boxes of goodies, they still complained that its not enough. They are learning from somewhere that they want more…more…more… Even the family sent a whole airplane full of goodies still it’s NOT ENOUGH though… But still that’s just small percentage of complainers here compared to the West.
To some it up, really no comparison of the poor people there in the West to the poor people here in the Philippines. Here the government will not give out food stamp or other stuff to the poor. The poor here have to strive hard to feed the family members they have. As you all know big family consist of 6 or more children in the family. Schools for the grade school and high school here are not free. Even the public schools here the parents have to pay the tuition fees. No free healthcare here too.
You guys probably wonder why we still want to live here with all the poor surroundings and stuff. Well, we still live pretty good here. Plus we want to help out a little bit to the needy ones here anyway we can. We are not wealthy but once in awhile we make some poor kids and family smiles by giving them some food and other stuff. I think that’s pretty good enough already.
During holiday season you guys from LIP family help us out to buy some foods and groceries to give to the poor people here. It was really a good feeling to give out to them. The smiles and the tears of joy from from the needy ones are enough already to be thankful to God of the blessings that we received everyday.
Have a great day everyone!