posted on Jun, 18 2011 @ 03:17 AM
I can understand from a human perspective the mindset in wanting to help people like this.
But as has been mentioned once already you really need to understand the mindset of the people living this way to fully grasp why things like this
First of all, this is not the standard of living in the Philippines at all, but a healthy number of people especially in Manila do live in shanty
towns and squalor. I have seen people make food from left over chicken bones and the like, and yeah it is gross to a foreigner, but they don't seem
to have too much of a problem with it. They adapt well.
The one thing I have to say i have noticed since I have lived in the Philippines the past 10 years is that regardless of the condition of living the
people almost always find a way to stay busy, and see the brighter side of life.
One of the things I find most amazing is the adaptability of the children to govern themselves in groups with out adult supervision, something unheard
of in America and 1st world nation.
They take care of one another and scavenge for scrap metal in Manila bay and the Pasig river to sale for money. They survive,and moreover they could
be said to even thrive in these conditions.
It is a sad state of affairs but it happens the world over.