Note: This was originally written as an addendum to a Facebook post by a person I look up to
, i.e., a senpai. I edited the screenshot of the OP’s post for privacy purposes and to translate some phrases to English. This is mostly aimed at Filipinos. For context of OP’s post and all the ruckus going on lately in PH social media, kindly read this and this.
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This realization came to me when I was riding on a car with the family of my tutee. They brought me along to a birthday dinner of a relative in downtown Davao. I was in the backseat with the children. And so I could overhear some bits of the grownups’ seemingly ordinary conversation.
It went like this (non-verbatim):
“You know George? He got a [Ford] Everest”
“So I heard. Everest looks damn fine. I think I may need to upgrade this car. (chuckle)”
The last line hinted a sense of need and a slight urgency to meet the said need. And that was when I felt it was kind of wrong.
If one doesn’t have a car, or any convenient-bordering-luxurious gadget, she likely won’t need to upgrade it. Because there’s basically nothing to upgrade.
Meanwhile, I hear many other people (both offline and online) wishing for new phones, new tablets, or new cars even if they still have those fully functional units at their disposal. This makes me question if there’s even a real need to quell these urges to get all the new and guaranteed improved versions of these things.
Are we a little too unappreciative of what we have?
We want convenience, yet when we are granted it, a new problem always arises. What was once useful and wished for is soon regarded as something less wanted. People look forward to what’s yet to come, as if what’s in their hands hardly matters.
P.S. This isn’t something I’d say would be an “in general” sort of behavior. This is just a tiny observation of me. Contrary opinions are welcome, of course.
I’m quite the lurker in Facebook (and some other SNS, for that matter except for Twitter), reading other people’s stories. No, not the irrelevant captions on selfies. True to life stories of real people. Those who have been hurt and still hurting. Those who have faced cruelties in their past committed by fellow humans and are still haunted by these hideous acts in their dreams, and/or perhaps when looking at oblivious passersby. Continue reading I’m quite the lurker
The world is big
The sky is high
I look up
But everyone else is a giant,
Looking down on me,
Casting shadows on me.
Their gazes piercing my eyes
The’re all scary
I bend my knees
And touch the ground
For it is so much closer
Than the azure above
I look down
And stare at my dirty boots
For they’re so tiny like me
And don’t give me strange looks
She hides behind that mask
The mask known as privacy
She doesn’t like the scent of flowers
In the garden of gossip and flattery
She wants to go somewhere else
To a place without butterflies
Which appear beautiful and flawless
But are only attracted to fragrant lies
The garden is unbelievably vast
It seems to stretch indefinitely
But she needs to run away fast
To enter the ideal reality
Everything is written by miharusshi.