Thursday, November 16, 2006

Evidence of human hands --

I've been thinking of changing my blog's name to that *points at title* -- the phrase comes from an interview -- I forgot who and what show but she was talking about making something and not sweating about the product being perfect because she liked seeing the "evidence of human hands" --

I find that I am no longer a "serpent beneath the flower" -- I've always had issues about people thinking I was some sort of paragon of virtue when I didn't really think I was. I am too aware of my flaws and I felt that there was a me that people didn't really see. So, for the longest time, I borrowed that which Macbeth used to describe his wife -- which is, I think, an excellent and economic way of showing the layers of human nature.

It is years later -- I am married and a mother and I've come to terms with who I am. I'm quite comfy in my skin -- flaws and all. Thus, an evidence of human hands.

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Hmmm --

She [Tessie Sy Coson] admits many of today’s Chinese-Filipinos, who are enjoying the fruits of their grandparents’ hard work, " are not as hungry and ambitious anymore. - Philippine Star, November 14, 2006

There's another saying that goes, "The first generation will earn the money, the second generation will increase the money and the third generation will spend the money."

I don't know what tangible proof of our drive and ambition can we show that would satisfy older people such as Tessie Sy Coson. Isn't it enough that many of the younger generation have earned not just their college degrees, but also their MAs, MBAs and PhDs? More works of literature has been written and published by the younger generation. More films and TV shows have been created by the younger generation. A lot of the smaller business establishments in the malls are run by the younger generation. Isn't there a survey that shows that people are getting married later now because they have opted to pursue their careers and goals first?

This is the burden that has been placed on the shoulders of the younger generation (not just of the Chinese Filipinos but every member of the mid-20s to early-30s group). Much is expected of us and, yet, very little credit is given to what we have accomplished. We are constantly chasing after something which we will never catch.



Anonymous said...

What I think is difficult for older people to realise is that they've made it harder for younger people to succeed---because we inherit the fruits of their mistakes and actions!

We're the ones who have to deal with pollution, laws, and difficult business environment which is mostly their making, whether we like it or not.

This is not to say that the younger generation is not complicit in today's rather harsh context; but when older people criticize younger people for not being ambitious or as hardworking, the seeming lack of success isn't coming from a lack of ambition, but rather the ruthless stifling of any attempts to realise it by people who feel they have something to lose with the emergence of new players.

My annoyed two cents,


P.S. I might go to Dumaguete in 4 weeks. How hard would it be for me to swing by Iloilo, if just for a day trip? Heheheh. Kapal, I know.

Tin (ni Johann) said...

Hi, Mahar!

Thankies for sharing your thoughts.

Re: Dumaguete -- it's a bit of a travel. You're actually closer to Cebu than to Iloilo. From Dumaguete, it's about 5 hours to Cebu and from Cebu it's about 12 hours to Iloilo. O_O