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19th Photohunt Theme 143: “Hope”
comment 13 Comments January 3, 2009 – 12:25 am
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“Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be insupportable.”

– Samuel Johnson

Happiness is relative...

Happiness is relative.

Hope

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Filipinos in general are among the happiest in Asia. In general studies on poverty in the Philippines, one thing strikes researchers. They claim that the Filipino poor are among the happiest people in Asia if not the world as well. Living a huge part of my life in the Philippines, I’ve seen the worst of human conditions and it is disheartening and devastating. Yet mingling with the so-called poorest of the poor, you don’t see one bit of bitterness or anger in their eyes. They are happy.

Unexplainable as it is, I think that HOPE plays a huge part of it. Dictionary defines hope as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best,”  “to believe, to desire and to trust.” The poor put their hope, faith and trust to each other, to other people, to the government and to God.

I must admit I have opposing feelings toward the poor in general because some of them are that way because they are simply lazy. All they want are dole outs. Teach them to fish and they ignore you. They just want the fish period. Most of them are drunks and gamblers who force their kids to work in the streets, take the money to buy alcohol and drugs and gamble. As though that’s not enough, they beat the heck out of these kids for fun!

Street kids and me

Street kids and me | Outside the biggest public market in General Santos City, Philippines | March 2008

Then there are exceptions.

Most of the Philippines’ highly successful entrepreneurs are self-made men and women born in poverty, with hope in their eyes;  from very humble beginnings who rise up above the ordinary. There’s so much hope in that. Hope for the poor. Hope may just be an empty word for those who lost it, but to those who have it- it is everything and it makes all the difference. And I see them- hope, in the eyes of these kids…

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