What should the Filipino people (including the government, and all other sectors) do to stop this sociopolitical and even economical “biased” system?
The government is the primary organization that runs on this bias. Familial influence is too slippery a concept to regulate – if an Aquino walks into a room (or, more directly, shows up on a ballot) the whole context of his or her family shows up with them. Can you ask people to un-know that? To try to view them purely on the basis of their individual accomplishments Even if an Aquino (or any other member of a prominent family) wanted to strike out on their own, that context will follow them everywhere they go (except to other countries, I guess).
There are some manifestations of these biases that are more obviously malignant, like the more sordid of the political dynasties, and they are trying to (rightly) create legislature against that, but for the most part these biases cannot be ‘stopped’, not exactly –
so this piece isn’t directed at those people (“hey, I don’t like this situation, create regulations against it!”) but rather it’s describing a shift in mentality that I would like people to have, especially
1.younger people who think it is somehow more honorable to achieve everything they have “on their own”. (“look, I did this all by myself!” well, you probably didn’t, your parents have given you advantages you take for granted.) Disowning your parents’ legacy is not only wasteful and irresponsible, but nigh well impossible for some people (back to the Aquino example). That isn’t saying that one should grasp at everything they can – you shouldn’t appoint yourself CEO of your parents’ company if you have no aptitude for management, for example – but rather that one should claim this legacy as a positive thing and use their power and resources as effectively as they can (they should appoint a CEO who does have an aptitude for management).
2. Parents who think that money and power will corrupt their kids (it will, of course, if they were never there to teach them how not to let money and power corrupt them)
The misuse of family legacies is what has led people to see them as inherently negative. And in this country, most of it has been inarguably negative. Seeing as it cannot be regulated, the only way to correct the imbalance of that power is for others to have more power (more money, more resources); to elevate themselves to a level in society where they can meet these big players on equal terms; to create legacies for their own children.
Do you think that, that “level up” for those who are on the poor sector can be a reality? Or is it just part of some sort of idealism that these “powerful people” are injecting into our minds?
It will take generations for the balance of power to correct. It involves people making sacrifices for their lives now for their children to have a better future. It involves becoming financially established before you have children. It does not involve having children when you don’t have any money and then flying off to the middle east to work, which is what a lot of Filipinos think when they hear “sacrifice for your children”. It involves people who make smart decisions.
Basically, it involves living for a cause that you may not even see come true in your lifetime. You could die while your kid is putting herself through med school and never get to see how she became the best heart surgeon in the country. You die without ever traveling the world because you spent most of your money on your children’s education. You give up the flat-screen and lechon today, so that Junior and Mrs. Junior can give up the Ferrari and diamonds twenty years from now, so that Junior Jr. can be a senator fifty years from now.
Hardly anybody can see that far into the future.
Why would powerful people bother “injecting” such a vision into our minds? Most people wouldn’t even be able to understand it. And of those who would, how many of them would have the discipline to see it through? No, all they need to do to keep us this way is to give us useless goals and glorify bad decisions on national television (“I’m spending Christmas in Dubai because I love my children” – these children who are now growing up without a father because you couldn’t conceive of saving money before you had a family?). We’ll do the rest ourselves.