By: Elena Grace Flores
Unequal distribution of wealth happens in a democratic country because poor people don’t know any better – and the rich know too much. People in poverty do not have access to above average education, social contacts that can augment their livelihood and no experience what comfortable living is – thus keeping the standard of their lifestyle very low.
These minimal expectations of the poor were clearly observed during the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines – and it’s confirmed through the actions of the authorities by just distributing instant noodles, water and relief clothing as the immediate help they can think of. Giving them comfortable and functional system away from the devastation immediately seems to be a taboo idea because anyway, they are used to the hardships according to some.
Being sad, disturbed and depressed after seeing their dead loved ones in a very unimaginable state or even witnessing them die amidst the storm were enough to make a human being’s state of mind out of control – but aids for these conditions were not the primary goal. Compassion, comfort, care and provision became luxuries for them. Fighting to get food for survival even became normal – but looting was something else. It was the desperate actions by those people who were taking advantage of the situation. Only, the poor situation was made as an excuse.
However, this is not the first time that they were used by selfish beings. Even in normal conditions, promises were made by politicians to augment their lives but even after the end of their term in office, nothing substantial has been done because they were only given “band aid” solutions to their problems. When poverty becomes the norm, people in power are not anymore motivated in doing the best for their countrymen – because anyway, that’s already their way of life!
Despite the things that were already said and done, people in poverty remain strong to wither not only the storm but their day to day sufferings – and the slightest hope of winning their battles can already put a smile on their face. This is symbolized during every fight of Manny Pacquiao the great Filipino Boxer – that’s why he’s the people’s champion in the Philippines.
When poverty becomes a norm, 20 typhoons visiting the country per year without proper contingency plans and relief operations in place are not a big deal. Anyway, “band aid” reliefs can shut their mouths up. If this remains to be the attitude of most people, the time will come that those who have nothing will loot those who have – and it will take only one great calamity to let this happen!
Firing fast can get rid of a bad employee quickly – but this does not mean that the problem will vanish right then and there. It is best to investigate what’s making your good employee unproductive at the present time. When he or she is not as enthusiastic with his or her job as before and not reporting problems. Chances are – there are other more important things occupying the employee’s mind and time. Read this for guidance:
Giving your employee the benefit of the doubt on why the declining performance happens is a noble act – and good thing can happen with that kind of gesture. However, there are limitations for everything because bad staff can cost you a lot of money. The poor performance must be pointed out to the concerned person and support should be in place in helping the problematic man or woman – but for a limited span of time, of course. Observing the employee for at least 1 to 3 months should be enough for you to decide to fire him or her. Do it well.
By: Elena Grace Flores
Crying in front of the camera while speaking to the world is a dignity for Yeb Sano, the Philippine’s delegate to the Warsaw Convention for climate change. His tearful appeal to stop destroying our natural resources was triggered when his family back in Leyte was heavily affected by typhoon Yolanda. He is a diplomat but a beautiful human being after all because of his sensitivity. Here are reasons why sensitive people can be great:
In contrary to Yeb Sano’s sensitivity was an insensitive person in power – who’s CNN interview gave viewers the impression how incapable he was in handling the aftermath of a massive disaster. Nevertheless, he is still human after all but for his own good, he needs to admit to the world how wrong he was in not realizing right away the effects of the devastation – thus hindering LARGE SCALE emergency actions by authorities. If he can’t do that, his insensitivity can no doubt cause his downfall despite his popularity.
By: Elena Grace Flores
The interview of Anderson Cooper in the Late Show with David Letterman might be taken as criticisms to the Philippine government – but in reality, this is a big breakthrough for those Filipinos who do not have voices – and who are suffering in silence. Watch this:
Yes, it’s better to just help in your own little way – but when you talk about changing the public system to the better, you need to express your sentiments without fear. This is actually what I’m doing through my blogs – but ended up being discouraged by my own relatives. Thanks to this video. It has given me strength to do my part in being the “voice” of the less fortunate!
I just recently attended the wake of the mother of our Baranggay Chairman – and this is where you can find nicely arranged flowers, dignified people and lots of refreshments. You can also meet a long lost acquaintance in funeral by chance if you are a native of the place or active in social gatherings. That’s why my heart goes with the victims of typhoon Yolanda. No proper burial nor identification. Read this:
I initiated a call to the Secretary of National Defense through Facebook to help NBI do the military protocol for the casualties. This may be too late because most bodies are already dumped into the mass graves without knowing who they are – which will really give a hard time for the survivors to get over in mourning the death of their loved ones. However, I hope and pray that this will serve as a lesson for all – and the very reason why I documented this!