We are now living in a century where almost nothing is impossible. We are at a point where advancements in technology has pushed our civilization to a dizzying height. We are at an age where we enjoy freedom and convenience at every aspect of our lives. Or at least for most of us.
Sometimes I forget that not the whole world enjoys freedom as I do. Sometimes I forget that not everyone enjoys these technological advancements that I take for granted. And for this, I am sorry.
I have always been fascinated by culture and history and as much as possible I read about people from other places. I wish I am rich enough to just pack my bags and visit these places but I am not. So for now, I can only read about them. Stories of practices unique to a country never fail to intrigue and amaze me but lately, I find myself heartbroken after reading these stories.
I can hardly wrap my mind around the fact that in this day and age, some culture still have a mindset so medieval that makes the period setting for Game of Thrones sounds more advanced.
There’s the rampant rape cases in India where girls are treated like lesser beings. There’s these force marriages in some parts of the world were girls so young are being forced to marry men older than them. Then there’s Pakistan where the Taliban makes it dangerous for women to be educated. Even in my own country there are places that are so remote people are left uneducated and vulnerable.
These stories horrify me. It is heartbreaking to realize that these are real people suffering real pain and subjected to cruel indignities. It is heartbreaking that despite advancements in technology some people still had to die from curable diseases not because the medicine doesn’t exist but because they are either too far for aid to reach them or too poor to afford the cure.
In some countries, education has become so advance that almost every grade schooler have access to tablets and computers. While in some places education remains inaccessible and for some even dangerous. There are still a lot people in the world who cannot read and write. This is sad because this inability limits their potential to have a better life.
These realities are heartbreaking especially when I realize that I don’t have to look far to see the proof of this. In my own country this reality exists. I am, however, glad that women in my country are more empowered and although there are some who still have to be educated about their rights, there are still more who knows how to fight for it. And though most of us are poor, still, a lot of Filipinos are educated because education is something that is very important for us.
This is why I have come into a conclusion that although I was born in a third world country and though some nationalities look down on us, I still consider myself blessed that I was born and raised in the Philippines. My country is far from perfect and not exactly the most technologically advanced but hey, we have a lot of things to be proud of. We are more empowered than people from other countries; we have more freedom and success is just within our reach, we only have to work hard and focus.
I wish someday we can develop a technology that could eliminate poverty. I hope someday women all over the world will enjoy the freedom and independence the rest of us are experiencing. I hope someday education will be accessible to everyone.
I know it sounds like wishful thinking, a daydreamer thinking out loud. Probably. But don’t you think the world would be a better place if these hopes become a reality?
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