Friday, April 3, 2009

A Nation of Servants

There is a big chance I might ruffle a lot of feathers here. Please hear me out. I have been reading headlines everywhere about a Hong Kong writer named Chip Tsao calling the Philippines "nation of servants."

Instead of passing on judgment, I went to read the actual article that he wrote. The tone was indeed condescending.

When he summoned his helper, his tone appeared that he saw "Louisa" as someone who was beneath him. I admit that it is wrong of him to treat her that way. I think it was deplorable that he threatened to end her contract if she did not go out and tell her Filipino friends on who really owns Spratly Islands. And I think it is absolutely unacceptable at any time, to not see your brothers and sisters as equal.

My question is for all the Pinoys now is, are we mad on how he saw and treated a "helper" or is everyone more upset because of how he associated all of us with "helpers?"

Because if we are mad at the latter, then we are not any different from Chip Tsao. If this is the case, we are still so caught up with the social stratification that continues to kill the spirit of our nation. The rich become richer, the poor become poorer. And the poor continue to become slaves of the rich.

Being a helper is incredibly heroic and selfless. It takes an admirable amount of humility and strength of character to do what they do.

To be called a servant is a compliment.


PHILIPPIANS 2:5-7

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature[a] God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
being made in human likeness.

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