Saturday, February 07, 2009

Nationality Means Everything

I disagree with Smoke’s post a few days back. Nationality means everything.

It can determine your life chances, your health and well-being, your educational opportunities, whether you live or die, where you can and cannot go. A person born Canadian will probably have a much easier life than a person born Palestinian. Nationality confers not only identity but material well-being. This is probably why the Filipino, ever outward-looking, is seeking any opportunity s/he can for a better life, even overseas. I disagree that “parochial” is what the Filipino stands for. Our history did not allow for it. The Filipino was born at the cusp of the globalization of everything.

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