16 May 2008

Food for Thought

Why Is The Philippines Poor?

An article sent by Dr. Arsenio Martin of Fort Arthur, Texas.


The difference between the
poor countries and the rich ones is not the age
of the country:

This can be shown by
countries like India & Egypt, that
are more than
2000 years old, but are

On the other hand, Canada , Australia
& New Zealand , that 150 years ago
were inexpressive, today
are developed countries, and are rich.

The difference between
poor & rich countries does not reside in the
available natural

Japan has a limited
territory, 80% mountainous, inadequate for agriculture
& cattle raising, but
it is the second world economy. The country is like
an immense floating
factory, importing raw materials from the whole world
and exporting manufactured

Another example is Switzerland ,
which does not plant cocoa but has the
best chocolate in the
world. In its little territory they raise animals
and plant the soil during
4 months per year. Not enough, they produce
dairy products of the best
quality! It is a small country that transmits
an image of security,
order & labor, which made it the world's strongest,
safest place.

Executives from rich
countries who communicate with their counterparts in
poor countries show that
there is no significant intellectual difference.

Race or skin color are
also not important: immigrants labeled lazy in
their countries of origin
are the productive power in rich European

What is the difference
then? The difference is the attitude of the people,
framed along the years by
the education & the culture & flawed tradition.

On analyzing the behavior
of the people in rich & developed countries, we
find that the great
majority follow the following principles in their

1. Ethics, as a basic
2. Integrity.
3. Responsibility.
4. Respect to the laws
& rules.
5. Respect to the rights
of other citizens.
6. Work loving.
7. Strive for savings
& investment.
8. Will of super action.
9. Punctuality.
10. and of

In poor countries, only a
minority follow these basic principles in their
daily life.

The Philippines is
not poor because we lack natural resources or because
nature was cruel to us. In
fact, we are supposedly rich in natural

We are poor because we
lack the correct attitude. We lack the will to
comply with and teach
these functional principles of rich & developed

If you do not forward this
message nothing will happen to you. Your pet
will not die, you will not
be fired, you will not have bad luck for seven
years, and also, you will
not get sick or go hungry.

But those may happen
because of your lack of discipline & laziness,
your love for intrigue and
politics, your indifference to saving for the
future, your stubborn

If you love your country,
let this message circulate so that many
Filipinos could reflect
about this, & CHANGE, ACT!

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