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The challenges facing President Duterte in a country bereft of justice and plagued by evil.

"The sum total of malignant political machinations is the ticking timebomb they call inevitability."
- Christopher Silverthorne

POLLUTION


POLLUTION

The lost boys (and girls) of the Philippines Peter Pan world.

Born into a life of squalor, deprivation, sometimes parent-less. The polluted landscape that they inherit is an indictment of a capitalist society that has abandoned all care of the environment it has created.

Pollution is the consequence of the rich seeking greater riches at the behest of mankind. Pollution speaks volumes about a people divided between those who have more than they need and those who will never have enough. Pollution is political. It is the social menace that plagues the poor.

In other words, in a society driven by the greed of the few, pollution is their signature mark.

Having visited the Philippines a few times, I found it striking that such a diverse culture can exist with the wealthy and the severely deprived living as next door neighbours.

My first visit was to General Santos City. Here is where I saw the consequence of potholed roads, ramshackle buildings, squalor, hungry children and intensely deprived communities in desperate need of decent housing. Yet I also saw shopping malls, managed housing estates, expensive vehicles, etc. I saw examples of those who have, and those whose broken-down existence without any of the needs any truly civilised society affords it's weakest. It is a disgusting and immoral contrast.

Even those who have better-paid jobs are not rich. Hospital staff, for example, are poorly paid for the service they provide. Managers of outlets pandering to the rich are also paid less than their counterparts in other richer countries of the world.

All of this leads to a feeling of despair and an easy excuse for not caring enough to maintain a clean environment. Whether it be big industry pumping it's toxic waste into public waterways, or the most deprived having abandoned their sense of respect for their environment, pollution is evident.

Some of the worst forms of pollution:
Air


Mining


Discharges


The most evident example of pollution though is the clogged rivers - full of commercial waste. Materials discarded for everyday products can make some rivers look like floating waste tips. I especially witnessed this in Manila on a later trip.

What type of environment is this for children to grow up in? They deserve much better. But you cannot change anything for the better until you change attitudes. The attitude of those with riches cares nothing for those who live in squalor. In fact, they blame the poor for being the cause of a poor environment simply by being 'uneducated' and 'primitive'.

How arrogant of those who have to sometimes condemn those who have little or nothing for the ills of pollution.

In a more equal society, and not one driven by the desire to possess commercial products can resolve this problem. Food production is one of the worst culprits. Over-wrapped or goods wrapped in non-biodegradable materials are a curse. But it is not just a problem for countries like the Philippines. The establishment creates desires for commercial products without any concern for the consequences of the end product. How often do you see an advertisement for a product that also claims that it's packaging, or the termination of non-consumables, is taken into account and will not cause harm to the environment? Virtually all advertisers want to sell you their product. Damn the consequences of the residual waste. They do not consider it to be their problem. Let someone else deal with it. Manufacturers just want profits at any cost.

Options.

Plastic is one of the worst culprits. It will not biodegrade anywhere near as quickly (if ever) as more natural materials. There exists technology to make much safer biodegradable materials, but in an industry driven by profit margins and competition, who wants to be the first to act responsibly? Responsibility comes at a cost. It may cost a few peso more to make the bottle you drink your coke out of, but it makes the difference between making less money than a competitor who uses cheaply-manufactured materials.

Pollution from artificially manufactured products is also political. Governments can fall over the cost of the cost of a typical basket of shopping. So there is a vested interest to allow the continuation of toxic (to the environment and sometimes humans) products that reduce the cost of said shopping basket. Make it cheap and not enough people will rebel against the Government demanding cheaper food.

It's a vicious cycle. Corrupt and uncaring politicians are sponsored, influenced or persuaded by industry to maintain the status quo. Industry makes politicians dance to their tune by the use of such bribery and in return they continue to produce etheir products with toxic consequences. There is only one solution.

Solution.

It is one thing to identify a problem and suggest a solution. But there has to be a will to take the steps to implement the solution. This can be seen around the world as an issue solutions are disregarded because of corruption or ignorance.

What we need to do is make a more equitable society. We cannot put the responsibility for creating cleaner products upon the poorest. let us not forget that in capitalist societies there is a pyramid of social status. The masses at the bottom of the pyramid support the privileged (and grossly over-privileged) parasite that rely upon the masses to keep them in luxury and undeserved rewards. But having said this, the pyramid will always exist. There will always be social structures with different needs and ambitions. People must always have the chance to better themselves. But the prevailing pyramid of society creates monsters at the top and lost souls at the bottom. There should be a level where those at the top cannot become so much richer than those at the bottom that the majority suffer. By raising the living standard of those most deprived we can better reward them for their contribution to society. And one we better reward them, then we can manipulate markets to produce safer products at, albeit an extra cost, but still affordable to the poorest. Once we start to produce safer products we can educate the poorest that it is in their best interest to support such a concept. The poorest will then enjoy a better quality of life and live in a safer and cleaner world.

Ergo, progress towards a better world can only come at the cost of reducing the gap between rich and poor.

Reality.

The common thread running through the pages of this website is that of the problem of corruption and all forms of evil. Too many people who have the power to bring about change will not do so because of their contempt for the rest of humanity. They only seeks riches, glory, the despoliation of their souls, and all those selfish vices that dehumanise them. They only see as far as their own needs - at whatever the cost.

There is only one real hope in such a society. This is revolutionary Government. Be rid of the prevailing system and introduce one where those who are worthy enough can be awarded positions of responsibility. A revolutionary Government can ensure that real progress can be made. But such a Government will need those with the same passion and desire or their President to achieve this goal. We need selfless and self-sacrificing people to be appointed so they can build a better country for future generations. their reward will the knowledge that God will consider them his most blessed and deserving servants. After all, there is no greater reward in this world then working towards building a better society than the one that prevails. The riches rewarded to you in Heaven will always be infinitely greater than you can achieve in this material world.

Perhaps, just perhaps, we can see the Philippines become a beacon for the rest of the world. Perhaps then, whatever wars may inflict upon this country, we can show that Filipinos can lead the world in progress towards something much greater than exists today - anywhere.

THIS HAS TO CHANGE!

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