29 September 2005
I was reading another Filipino blog whom I linked to, but then what I got from the blog was so discouraging, that I decided I stop reading it. I even deleted the link from my blog. What made me do so?
Well, that blog had information about how to immigrate to another country (I won't name the country in question, but some of the regular readers might abduce what blog I am talking about.). And all posts are about advice on how to immigrate to that country, basically, how to escape the Philippines. How to evacuate.
Now I did not delete that blog's link from my blog because I dislike the blogger. No. But I dislike what I am feeling from it that I decide not to read it anymore.
But then am I just faking my reality by doing so?
Apparently, what I really hate about is the fact that the Philippines has transformed itself so that it would be in a dire situation that its citizens actually want to escape from it. Do other countries' citizens feel that way in their country? Most of the developed countries' citizens don't. But if you ask any random Filipino and ask their opinion whether they would want to move out of the country given the opportunity, I guess they would say the affirmative.
Again, I am not condemning the people who actually go out and grab the opportunity to get out of the country. I am one of them. I am outside the country. Sometimes, I rationalize, that I came to Buffalo because I share my research interests with one of the faculty in this university, which is true, but then, upon looking at the big picture, it is an opportunity to get out, and my life outside the country is definitely better than staying there.
So there you have it, the problem. The problem doesn't lie on the people who try to immigrate and make a living outside. The problem is the government not providing a niche for its own citizens to prosper.
The reason why I deleted that link from my blog was because I am sick of the reality that the government has been putting on its citizens. To actually see the desperation, the efforts, the expenses these people put into the attempt of immigration, is sickening to the stomach. Pitiful indeed.
I do not blame these people. I believe that they are only doing that to survive. But if they've reached that stage that in order to survive, one must immigrate, then something must be really wrong with the country of origin.
To see the pictures of the victims of tragedy is depressing. I do acknowledge it, but I do not flood my eyes by looking at it all the time. The same with this case. It depresses me to read of the efforts that other people put forth just in order to evacuate the country.
No wonder there is this brain drain going on.