False Religion + False Prophet + False Miracles = GOOD BUSINESS

Ulterior motives?

Out of curiosity, I had watched a Catholic mass through a live streaming recently. But this mass is not your typical kind of mass. The venue was in a first-class indoor arena. The male guest speaker narrated a bible verse that tells a story about a biblical figure who had offered oil and flowers to the Lord.

Then after telling the story, the speaker moved on to deliver his unique “homily.”

The guest speaker had explained its obvious meaning. Everybody can agree that God loves offerings. So right after his explanation, he enthusiastically exclaimed to the crowd, “raise your oils and flowers and offer it to the Lord!”

After seeing the crowd with no response, he reiterated, “ok, who among here had brought their own flowers and oils for our offering?”

At the time I had heard that, I’m not sure what he was talking about, I was like, “who would bring their own oils and flowers in a mass?” Or maybe I was wrong — I guess this is some part of their “religious protocol”.

But when the crowd still gone silent, and the guest speaker “felt” that no one bring their own stuff, the guest speaker asked in confusion, “walang nagdala?”* Then he proceeds on blaming someone: “hindi ba na-announce na magdala sila?”** He obviously had a long sigh, “acting” like he was frustrated.

*No one brings [oils and flowers]? **No one announced that they need to bring?

After “contemplating” for a while, he had eureka!

“I got a better idea!,” he said, “how about getting our wallet out?” So he pulled his wallet out of his pocket, hold it high, waved it in the air so the attendees will see.

Then after that, he said, “how about getting our checkbook out?”

Upon hearing that, I know already where this is going. “O-oh,” I said to myself — and I was right — he even pulled out a checkbook out of his pocket! As if that he has that checkbook along with him all of the time in his pocket! I guess he was prepared enough.

“Come on, give it to the Lord!”, he said, “for those who are giving checks. . .Give to the Lord! Be generous!”

You know where this story is going.

(Actually, the scene got shortly interrupted, as it was time for some “commercial break announcement” so the viewers will have information on where they can address the check, and other announcements like, “and for those who will give through bank deposit, here’s the account name, and account number.”)

There is nothing wrong about being generous. Nothing is wrong in giving. I believe in giving. The more you give, the more you will receive. I believe that the mass had its own good intentions on helping people help themselves.

But after the guest speaker had pulled off this “stunt,” something strikes me and wondered, “is there a concealed motive on why the speaker read a Bible verse first with the main intention of getting people to give money and checks?”

“Is this a part of some ulterior motives?”

(Everybody say “ulterior motives”.)


Have we ever wondered why there are so many religions in this world?

Let’s say on Christianity alone — why there are so many Christian denominations out there, e.g. Catholic, Born Again, Baptist, some sects, some fellowship, Protestant, etc. Did we ever wondered why there so many of them?

As an atheist before, I had frequently quoted, “Religion is a multi-billion dollar business.”

Well, I am not an atheist anymore, so I had forgotten that philosophy. But after watching that kind of “stunt” through my own eyes, it makes me think of that quote again.

Why?

Ok, let’s get into the topic, but before that, I have to give a full disclosure, because you might get “shocked” on what is written on the proceeding argument.

Full disclosure: No one commissioned me to write what I write. If you asked me what my current religion is, yes, I am a Catholic (by default), and yes, you can call me a hypocrite for “believing” in contrast to its practice. I’m not claiming to be a pastor, in fact, I never dreamed of becoming one. 

Let’s be aware, and seek truth on what the Bible says. (Oh no, the Bible again?) Relax, this is not some kind of other preaching stuff that are typically out there! I’m not trying to convert anyone of you into something. At the end of the day, people will believe in what they wanted to believe. It’s your choice by the way. All I wanted is for us to look through another “lens.”  Let us not be blind!

As I said, I’m an atheist before, but at that time, I believe that I know more of the Bible than those who are practicing faith to get by.

What I’m trying to say is, is it more of a good practice to know what we believe in?


false religion false prophet tithe false miracle
This is a picture that I made for a quick preface on what we are going to discuss.

Religion is a multi-million dollar business

Q: Why does it happen that there are many kinds of Christian denominations out there?

A: Because “some” build a religion with its main goal is profit. As far as I know, profits that are make from religion are tax-exempt here in the Philippines.

For our information, this kind of doing has been foretold in the Bible.

2 Corinthians 2:17 (NIV), “Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.”

See? This is the apostles saying, that they are unlike MANY who preach the Word of God with the intention of having PROFIT.

Let’s take a look at the picture below of that verse in the translation of English Contemporary Bible:

Religion is a business

The picture above is word another reading (and an all caps):

“A LOT OF PEOPLE TRY TO GET RICH FROM PREACHING GOD’S MESSAGE.”

See?


How do religions earn?

A: Take my satirical previous post on Facebook as an example so you can get an idea:

*Translation: I will sell postcards or T – shirt that had printed the word of God. As if we should have paid the word of God . I will monetize using the word of God. Hahaha! Is that right to do so?

Or, I will do what pastors do. I will accept prayer requests, in the bus, and of course, they are required to pay! If the pay will be in high amount, the request will be quickly granted. I will say I have a high praying aptitude if I can get paid high. Hahaha. But they should not realize that paid prayers are worthless! And realize that God does no business by proxy. Haha.

When we pray, we can go straight to Him, right?

The example above had reflected a way on how a certain religious group will earn. They sell merchandise using the Word of God. You can see it everywhere. People selling books, (even e-books on Play Store and Apple App store), images, rosaries, prayer requests, to baptismal fees, wedding fees, etc. They can earn a multiple ways if one is so inclined.

But there is another way for a religion to earn more exponentially than this.

It is through tithes. The popular and debatable tithes. Giving your tenth (10%) of your income are required in most religious sects. Yes, tithes, are mentioned in the Bible.

Hebrews 7:5 (NIV), “Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people that is — from their fellow Israelites — even though they also are descended from Abraham.”

But these laws are obsolete, as reflected right after seven verses from that line.

Hebrew 7:12 (NIV), “For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also.”

The former Levi priesthood was changed when Jesus Christ came. So then, what is the new law?

You know the popular saying “God loves a cheerful giver?” That supersedes the “tithing” law. Of course, it is also found in the Bible. But first, let’s complete that verse.

2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV), “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The keyword here is the word “compulsion.” Compulsion is the state of being forced to do something. Tithes are an essential requirement for some religion. A requirement is something that you are forced to do. Then, tithes forced you to pay for something!

Isn’t it tithing and “giving NOT under compulsion” are concepts that are contrasting?

To put it simply, God doesn’t want us to give because we feel we must.

God teaches us the values of giving, as long as we are happy with it, as long as our heart is willing to give — even it is less or more than 10% of your income. But whenever a church required tithes, you give money because you are forced into it. It invalidates the preceding Bible verse.

We can say tithes is used for the operational expenses of the church. Yes, actually, it is! It is used to pay the rent of a certain big venue.

Now, what if, as there are instances, the money that you “offered” to the Lord came from “wrong ways” of earning, such as, gambling, money that had gained hastily (Proverbs 13:11), money that was earned by deceiving others, money that incapacitates others (too much interest, exploiting others); and it happened that we do not know that the Lord told us not to earn money through these ways (or worse, we know these laws, but we did not follow it?)

The question is, can the money that you offered now become “sacred?”

(Even the Anti-Money Laundering Act can be applied to you.)

“Oh well, whatever, nevermind.”

It doesn’t matter anyway, whether your money came from good or “evil” to those people who preach the Word of God just for the sake of having a profit!

But, as you will become more aware and think — does God need your money? God does not want your money! Actually, he does not need money. Right?

You know what God wants? What God appreciates? God wants your time, share your love to others, and — this is the hardest part for the others — follow what it is written in the Bible, no more and no less.

Now if the money will be used in some form of charity, medical missions, and to help those who are needy, that’s good! It is the sacred use of money, as long as this money came from “good” ways. Whenever by this means will be used to help our brother, you do it to God. Remember the Golden Rule, right?

But, as I say, if the money is accumulated by some deceitful “stunt,” if this money is accumulated with ulterior motives — think again! “Give to the Lord!” You might been brainwashed by a person to what the Bible calls a “false prophet.”


The False Prophet

1 John 4:1 (NIV), “Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Matthew 7:15 (NIV) “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.

Yes, that’s right! That’s why as you can see in the first photo of this article, I put up a drawing of a wolf (although it looks like a roasted pig.)

Q: How to detect a false prophet?

A: A false prophet is teaching what is not written in the Bible, or paraphrasing what is in the Bible, or “interpreting” what is in the Bible for their own interest, saying some invalid ideals. I heard someone say, “. . . it was written 3000 years ago and so that Bible line is not relevant anymore!” How can you somebody say that? Then don’t use the Bible at all! It is not relevant naman pala!

But when it comes to tithing law, all are relevant. How come?

Another disclosure: You can say, I might be the one who is “interpreting”; but hey, for the record, at least I am not using the Word of God through this blog just to “manipulate” others so I can have PROFIT!

Then, why many people believed with some “manipulative” religion and its false prophet?

You can answer it if you looked at my drawing again.

You might be familiar if you ever watched a preacher claimed to heal a certain sick person on stage, just by putting his hand on the forehead of the sick person, citing “exorcism” prayers, then boom! The sick person collapses and everybody applauses, claiming that the person is now healed!

Do we know that not all miracles are from God?

These Bible verses are worth reading:

Matthew 24:24 (NIV), “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”

Matthew 7:21-23 (NIV), “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me,you evildoers!’”

2 Thessalonians 2:9 (NIV), “The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power, through signs and wonders that serve the lie.

See? Not all miracles are from the will of God! We have to watch out!

But how do false prophets “market” themselves that they can perform miracles?

Many false prophets will say something like they had encountered God through a dream, or they have a “vision.”  In that way everyone will believe what the false prophet might say. They claimed he or she had a conversation with God.

Nah! Even Homer J. Simpson can say that!

meaning of life GOD

False prophets daydream a lot. Read:

Isaiah 56:10-11
Isaiah 56:10-11

And also, false prophets are very positive people. They instill hope to the people. There is nothing wrong to be positive and give hope to the people, because some people don’t know that they still have that hope.

But again, if they used this style to “market” and draw people to them so they can eventually ask for tithes for personal interests such as profit, there is something “fishy” in these.

Even though they have to use absurd “persuasion” techniques, just like the following statements. This may sound familiar to you:

“Sino dito gusto makapunta ng Amerika? Kung oo, tumalon tayo ng sampung beses para sa Diyos! Pagdating niyo sa bahay, makikita niyo, andun na sa mesa niyo yung passport!” *

*”Who wants here to go to America? If yes, then let us jump ten times for the Lord! When you go home, you will see on your table your passport!”

What?!

Another one:

“Gusto niyo magkaroon ng pera? Ilabas niyo ang wallet niyo! Iwagayway niyo ng mataas para sa Diyos at magkakalaman iyan ng madaming pera! Pag nagkapera kayo, siguraduhin niyo wag niyo kalilimutan ang ikapo!” *

*”You want to have money? Get your wallet out! Wave it high for the Lord and it will be filled with lots of money! When you get your money, make sure that you don’t forget to pay your tithes!”

See? Is this what we called the Law of Attraction? Or a technique used by a false prophet to “attract” people?

The false prophet knows people are always motivated by money, in fact, they know it because they can relate themselves into it. I’m not saying money is not essential. In fact, there is a Bible verse that state that money is essential.

Ecclesiastes 10:19 (NIV), “A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.

But we must take note also, for The Bible says:

(Wait, relax, I’m not going to quote and paraphrase the famous verse, “The love of money is the root of all evil,” which can be found at 1 Timothy 6:10.)

Matthew 6:24 (NIV), “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

NO ONE CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS… YOU CANNOT SERVE BOTH GOD AND MONEY. Especially when your PASSION is teaching the word of GOD, please, DO NOT TURN IT INTO PROFIT! Don’t turn this passion into profit! Did the apostles do their “work” for the sake of having profit?

Neither did Jesus, who died poor on the cross.

But why many people become “obsessed” with some “manipulative” religion and its false prophet?

This is what I think the world gets wrong. Many people think that doing the conventional things wherein most people follow and do is always the right thing to do. Remember, not because many people “do” it, doesn’t make it right.

Here is the proof:

It is worth noting. Again, as the New International Version says:

Matthew 7:13 (NIV), “. . .For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, AND MANY ENTER THROUGH IT.”

So you cannot just simply say that because you have many members, it means that you are on the right side.

Many people will go to malls than those who go to church. Many people spend time on playing online games, browsing their Facebook and on some internet stuff rather than reading something very useful.

SEE THE POINT?


Ok, I’m sorry, if this blog is somehow too long.

For parting words:

I believe in God and especially the teachings in the Bible (no more, no less, no interpreting for their own sake, no paraphrasing).

For in these writings, we can seek the truth, and we can be guided on how to live a better way of life. (But not in “some” religion.) Ever since, I was “shopping” for a religion that speaks about the TRUTH. You can call me confused. Yes. But I had the Bible as a basis. Maybe I will build my own religion.

I know I am not perfect, but at least, I believe, I’m not a follower of something that is false. And I hate to see someone else became blind because some blind leads them. Hence the saying, “the blind leading the blind.” (Matthew 15:13-14).

Or you can say I am the one who is blind, or I am a false prophet.

That’s why I welcome bashers, and to those who want to try to “enlighten” me. Thanks, for this is also Biblical:

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

And here’s my favorite:

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:1-5)


P.S.  If you had watched the film The Matrix, and decoded its Christian allegory theme, you know what I mean. Most people are not ready to be “unplugged”, they go on with their everyday lives, without seeking the truth. They said that we have to be always happy. But this is some kind of a “dumb” thing, like suffering is no part of life. What? Suffering is essential in this world, so every victory will be “sweet” if we overcome suffering.

Look at Jesus who died for all of us. Did He not suffer at the time of his crucifixion?

the matrix - most people are not ready to be unplugged

I will explain these to my next blog.

Mga nakatagong senyales na ikaw ay isang mahirap

Poverty is a disease. A pandemic disease. For example, the dreaded disease: cancer. We must know the underlying causes of cancer. And of course, to treat that disease, we must first know that you have the disease. We must be aware of its symptoms. Many symptoms are obvious. But some, the deadliest one, are asymptomatic – meaning, we don’t feel the disease, there are no signs and symptoms, we’re not aware; but we manifest the disease already and the condition is worsening.

For that analogy, you cannot achieve financial literacy if you don’t have complete awareness of yourself, especially if you are not aware of the hidden signs and symptoms of poverty.

Ok, enough for the introduction (and the serious tone of this article.)

For this writing, I will write it in my native language (Filipino) and I intended to write it in a humorous way. I had chosen to do so, so every Filipino can easily get entertained and understand this article; because I observed many Filipinos are “asymptomatic”. My first concern is for my fellow countrymen. And all I really wanted is to increase their awareness.

Ito na talaga, “wala ng madaming palabok.”

Para sa listahan:

  • 1. Pumipila ka ng mahaba sa ATM pag araw na ng sahod.

Malalaman na natin agad na araw na ng 15 at 30 dahil sobrang mahahalata mo na pag nasa labas ka, lalo na sa mall, at sa trapik ng mga lansangan sa Maynila, at mas lalo na sa haba ng mga pumipila sa ATM machine.

Magwiwithdraw ka kahit pa yung pila sa ATM ay kasing haba ng pila sa Wowowee, o pila sa pagkuha ng NBI clearance. Kasi, naubos na kaagad ang pera mo ilang araw pa lang bago ang payday, kaya pagpatak ng araw ng sahod, dali-daling pumipila sa ATM para makakuha ng pera.

O kaya pag wala naman sa iyo ang ATM mo – nasa pamamalaga ni Misis, o kaya mas malala, nasa-sanglaan ng ATM card – isa ka sa mga interesado sa sagot sa Frequently Asked Questions pag payday na: “May sahod na ba?” O kaya, “May pumasok na ba na pera sa ATM?”

At ang masama pa diyan, yung winiwithdraw mong pera sa ATM nung araw ng sweldo, ipinangbabayad mo lang kaagad sa utang kasi naubos na ang pera mo ilang araw bago pa yung araw ng sahod. (Aray!) Ano kaya ang pinag-gagawa mo sa pera mo? “Pinapa-ikot” mo ba, in a bad way?

atm long queue philippines
Photo via Mark Obusan http://www.flickr.com/photos/53340366@N02/10390167993

 

 

  • 2. “Pag nanalo ako sa lotto” mentality

“Pag nanalo ako sa lotto, bibili ako ng sariling mansyon ko. Tapos magbabaksyon muna ako sa France. Pag balik ko, bibili ako ng sports car, yung red. Tapos mag-gogolf ako ng may madaming gwardiya, baka kasi makidnap ako.”

Tapos ang reply sa iyo ng kausap mong kontra-bida, “Paano ka mananalo? E hindi ka naman tumataya!”

Pero pag nalaman niya na tumaya ka na, kakampi mo na siya, at sasabihin, “Pre, balatuan mo na lang ako pag nanalo ka ha!” Hahaha.

Sabi nga ng bandang Kamikazee, “Libre lang mangarap, managinip ka habang gising.” Habang gising, hindi habang tulog!

Kaya ito, literal na gising na gising ang karamihan, pag may “lotto craze” (yun yung pag mataas na ang jackpot).
Tapos gising na gising yung mga nakapila, makikita mo sa mukha nila na sabik na sila manalo, parang “woooooow, sana ako na ang susunod na magiging instant milyonaryo.”

Alam mo ba na kahit hindi pa uso ang lotto noon, may sinabi na ang Diyos patungkol dito? Ang sabi sa Bibliya, sa Proverbs 13:11, “Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers it little by little will increase it.”

Totoo ito! Madami ng jumackpot sa lotto ang naghihirap din pagkatapos lang ng ilang buwan at taon? Instant yaman e. Walang pinagkaiba ito sa mga dating boksingero o artista o NBA player na mababalitaan mo na lang na naghirap bigla.

Kahit sabihin mo pa na, “Pag nanalo ako sa lotto, uunahin ko ang mag-donate ng 10% ng mapapanalunan ko para sa church.”

 

  • 3. Sobrang maluho na wala sa lugar

“Ubos ubos biyaya, pagkatapos ay nakatunganga.”

“OK lang basta nasa uso.”

May mga tao na dapat silang laging “in” — may laging latest model ng iPhone o Samsung Galaxy — pero pag may emergency na walang mailalabas na pera. O baka para sa kanila, emergency ang pagkakaroon ng sale sa mall. (Oops! Natatamaan ako.)

Ok lang naman na bumili ka ng magagarbong gamit, lalo na kung “pitik” lang yun sa dami mong pera, at alam mong madali lang bawiin iyong ginastos mo (as in madali). Ang hindi lang maganda ay bili ka ng bili ng latest na gadgets o sapatos o magagarbong damit o kung ano-ano pa, pero wala ka namang emergency funds (yung totoong emergency funds ha!)

Ang mas masama, inutang mo lang naman yung pangbili mo. Bugtong bugtong hulaan niyo: “easier to swipe, harder to pay.” Tapos sabay biglang titipirin yung pagkain, o kaya nagpromissory note yung anak kasi kulang pangbayad ng tuition. Sabi nila, “your cellphone reflects who you are.” Sauce. Marketing strategy lang ito ng mga manufacturer ng cellphone. Hindi ka naman magiging mayaman sa ginagawa mo — mayabang pwede pa!

You know what’s cool? Pansinin mo yung ibang totoong mayayaman na tao diyan, hindi naman maluho, yung lumang Nokia pa rin yung gamit (basta nakakatext at tawag, pwede na). Eto kilala nyo:

jaime zobel de ayala nokia cellphone

Yan ang totoong angas!

Kaya nga sila yumaman, kasi disiplinado, at hindi sila maluho. Sabi nga ni Boy Abunda, “proud to be kuripot!”

  • 4. Pa-bonggang lifestyle

Sa picture sa ibaba, sa palagay niyo, sino sa dalawa ang may mas mataas na net worth?

higher net worth - rich or poor

 

Kahit karamihan hindi alam ang ibig sabihin ng salitang “net worth”, obvious naman ang sagot e: siyempre yung letter A. Pero maaaring mali tayo.

Madaming tao ang nagpapa-bonngga lang, mayaman kung tignan, yun pala marami rin palang utang. Negative net worth. Yung taong grasa, kahit walang assets, wala rin naman liabalities, so therefore, zero ang net worth niya — at least hindi negative! So technically, mas lamang siya sa iyo! Nagulat ka noh?

Walang problema sa bonggang lifestyle, kung talagang mayaman ka! Yung mga madalas naiinis kay Mommy Dionisa Pacquaio dahil sa mga bagong designer bag at “pa-ballroom-ballroom-na-lang” lifestyle niya, well, tanggapin niyo na na inggit lang kayo, dahil siya, madaming pera!

Etong bonggang lifestyle na tinutukoy ko ay kakambal ng pagiging maluho. Ikaw ba yung tipong “social climber” kung tawagin? Starbucks ng starbucks, gimik ng gimik, party ng party — pero uuwi rin naman na naka-jeep, makikipag-siksikan sa MRT at makikita mo rin sa sarili mo yung ibang signs ng pagiging mahirap na nakalista dito. Tapos habang umuuwi na, kakantahin ang kanta ng Yano, “Tapos na ang saya, balik sa problema.”

Tapos idadahilan nila, “YOLO!” Ewan ko kung ano meron sa expression na “You Only Lived Once.” Totoo nga, pero, hindi dapat ito maging “scapegoat” para i-justify natin ang mga alam naman natin na hindi tamang mga ginagawa natin.

Madami diyan isang kahig, isang tuka, kahit pa nakapambihis mayaman, kahit nagtatrabaho ka pa sa Ortigas Center, o sa Libis, o sa Ayala, o Bonifacio Global City. Hindi sila nalalayo sa mga blue-collar na workers. Ang napapansin ko, at least karamihan ng mga blue collar workers ay responsable sila para sa pamilya nila, katulad ng mga construction workers; kaysa naman sa mga taong nagyoyosi sa paligid-ligid, ikakalat ang cigarette butts sa gutter ng sidewalk, ifa-flash ang kanilang magarbong cellphone, at makikipag-usap sa kabilang linya gamit ang “fake accent.” (222 lang naman ang kausap, hahaha.)

Baka nga mas mayaman pa ang katulong e. Kasi may naiipon. Pag-aralan ang mga pictues  na ito:

boom panesempleyado vs inday

Sabihin na natin na medyo pilosopo ang mga illustrations na nasa taas, pero may sense naman, diba?

 

 

 

 

  • 5. Utang ng utang

Ang sagot sa bugtong sa itaas na “easier to swipe, harder to pay”, ay Credit Card.

Ito, nauna nang madalas kong banggitin ang about sa utang. Ok lang kung good debt, lalo na sa negosyo: iyon yung alam mo na maibabalik ang kapital, mababayaran mo ang utang mo, plus may tubo ka pa. Ang bad debt: Kung hindi macontrol na mangutang ng mangutang, o i-manage ang pinagkaka-utangan, nahirapan ka bayaran na ang naiisip mong solusyon is magtago na lang, something is wrong.

May kakilala ka ba na kapag nangungutang siya ay ang bait bait, pero pag siya na ay sisingilin mo na, siya pa ang galit! Sasabihin niya, “Badtrip ka naman pare e! Ngayon ka pa maniningil! Kita mo ng hirap pa ko sa pera e!”

Kung dati, yung may utang ang hindi “nakakatulog”, ngayon iba na: yung nagpa-utang ang hindi na makakatulog dahil hindi makasingil.

Masakit sa kalooban ang nakakakita ako ng ating mga kababayan na baon sa utang, lalo na sa 5-6, na parang ang tanging binabayaran lang nila ay yung interes.

Ok na yun, basta may bagong LCD TV, at Android na cellphone. (Sarcastic mode)

 

  • 6. Umaasa ka pa sa mga magulang mo kahit tumatanda ka na. At para sa mga matatanda na (mga retirado), umaasa ka naman sa anak mo.

“If you are born poor, it’s not your fault. But if you die poor, it’s your fault.” – Bill Gates

Nakakalungkot pagmasdan pag may nakikita tayong mga matatandang tao na patuloy pa rin sila nagtatrabaho — lalo na yung manual labor: mga jeepney drivers, nagbebenta ng kung ano-ano sa lansangan, etc. Tapos aabutin pa ng hating gabi dahil kailangan para mabuhay lang sila. Nakaka-awa.

I know the Lord will bless them in the afterlife. “Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the Kingdom of God.”

Saludo ako sa mga taong kahit matatanda na, ay patuloy na nagta-trabaho, dahil sila ay napaka-responsable.

Kaso lang, ito, mahirap man sabihin ito: pero in a way, responsable din naman sila kung bakit humantong silang ganon. Marahil dahil hindi nila napaghandaan ang kanilang kinabukasan, o ang retirement. O marahil ang mindset nila, “aasa na lang ako na ‘ambunan’ ako ng mga anak ko, tutal pinalaki ko naman sila. May utang na loob naman sila sakin.”

Hindi ko alam kung anong mali sa mindset nilang ito, lalo na sa mga Pilipino. Close family ties? Hindi e. Basta may mali, pasensya na kung hindi ko lang mapaliwanag, at inaamin ko yun. (Pero aalamin ko iyon!)

Ang alam ko ito ang malinaw na mali: Malaki ka na, kaya mo na magtrabaho, o minsan may trabaho na nga e, kaso umaasa ka pa rin sa magulang mo. “Palamunin” ka pa nila. O kaya “mayaman naman si Papa.” Pag hindi napagbigyan ang kagustuhan mo, ikaw pa ang may ganang magalit. Ano ka bata? Bakit hindi mo pagsikapan sa sarili mo ang mga bagay na iyong kagustuhan?

 

  • 7. Reklamo ng reklamo

Pakiramdam ng mga mahihirap ay biktima sila ng sirkumstansya —  ng dahil nakatira sa squatters’ area, ng dahil hindi nakapagtapos ng pag-aaral, etc. At ang paborito ng lahat: ng dahil sa kasalukuyang gobyerno.

“Kasalanan nanaman ni PNoy ito!”

Bakit may ibang yumayaman naman sa panahon ni PNoy e?

“Edi, kasalanan ni Gloria, Binay, Erap, ”

Bakit sila Henry Sy, sama mo na yung may-ari ng Jollibee na si Tony Tan Caktiong, yumayaman. E pare-pareho lang naman tayong set ng mga naging at kasalukuyang politiko e.

“E intsik sila e. . . E sira kasi MRT e. . . E hindi kasi ako year of the Dragon e. . . E kasi yung kapitbahay namin kasi videoke ng videoke e. . .”

Ang dami mong dahilan! Lahat sinisi mo. Reklamo ng reklamo.

Bakit hindi ka na lang magpasalamat? Buti nga may pang internet ka, nasa harap ka ng computer o kaya may hawak ka na gadget at nababasa mo itong blog. Buti nga nakakakain ka pa sa hapag-kainan. . . Madaming bagay ang dapat natin pasalamatan, pero pinipili pa natin magreklamo ng reklamo. Isipin mo ikaw ang Diyos, sinong mas bibiyayaan mo: yung taong laging nagrereklamo o yung taong laging nagpapasalamat?

Hindi dahil sa iyong kasalukuyang sirkumstansya kung bakit na-impluwensyahan ang pag-iisip mo; kundi dahil sa iyong kasalukuyang pag-iisip kung bakit na-iimpluwensiyahan mo ang sirkumstansya mo.

 

  • 8. Binabasa mo itong blog na ito

Hahaha. Ito ang twist sa article na ito. Nagbabaka-sakaling may isang “asymptomatic” signs ng poverty ka, at gusto mo itong malaman, kaya umabot ka sa puntong ito. Hahaha. Salamat sa pagbabasa, pero sorry.

Kung alam mo naman sa sarili mo na totoong mayaman ka, hindi ka naman magiging interesado sa article na ito at the first place, (unless na lang kung gusto mo makatulong sa mga mahihirap).

Pero para sa akin, hindi naman natin kasi kailangan alamin kung paano nagiging mahirap ang mga mahihirap. Paano pa kaya yung senyales ng pagiging mahirap. Bakit may magagawa ba tayo?

Alam ko na para maunawaan natin ang isang bagay, kailangan may kahit na ka-onting idea kung ano ang opposite nito. For example, kagandahan o beauty. Para ma-appreciate natin ang kagandahan, dapat alam natin kung ano ang panget. Ganoon din sa pagiging mayaman, dapat natin alamin kung ano ang pagiging mahirap. Ganito umiikot ang mundo sa simula’t sapul. Mabuti sana kung puro kagandahan at kayamanan lang ang meron sa mundo. Mga kagandahan lang ang ipinakilala sa atin. Pero hindi e.

Siguro kinontradict ko yung sinabi ko sa simula na “we must know the underlying cause of the disease.” Pero hindi na natin kailangan halukayin pa ang puno’t dulo ng kahirapan. Alam natin sa sarili natin ang puno’t dulo, kung magmumuni muni tayo. Alam natin yun sa sarili natin, at hindi sa iba. Oo nga may magagandang turo ang iba, pero na sa atin pa rin mga kamay ang ating ikakaunlad.

E pano pa kaya kung “mali” pa ang turo ng iba? Ang tendency sisisihin mo sila, kaya mali.

Ang concern natin ay ang gamot sa kahirapan. Ang concern natin ay ang solusyon sa kahirapan. At para masolusyonan ang kahirapan, kailangan magsimula muna tayo sa sarili natin para pagyamanin ito. Walk the talk.

Ang concern natin is i-appreciate ang mga magagandang bagay. Ang buhay ay maganda.

Paki-alaman muna natin ang sarili natin bago ang iba. Yun ang malaking bagay na pwede natin maitulong sa Diyos. At nang natulungan na natin ang ating sarili, saka tayo magbigay sa kapwa, mas maganda na ikaw ang maging inspirasyon sa iba. Hindi mo naman kaya ibigay ang isang bagay kung ikaw mismo ay wala nito.

Marahil ay naging judgmental ako. Pero sinulat ko ang article na ito para “Just for the sake of conversation lang,” kaya ko naisipan i-post ang aking saloobin. At hinihikayat ko ang lahat na magkumento ng kaniya kaniyang opinyon.

Respetuhin na lang natin ang mga kumento ng isa’t isa. Maraming salamat sa pagbabasa.

 

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