The grass is always greener somewhere else.
As my visiting friend and I were about to enter a temple in Kyoto, an elderly Japanese guy turned up out of nowhere and asked us straight away what we think about the killings happening in the Philippines. I figured later that he must have gotten quite curious having read this BBC article circulating the internet yesterday, which, prompted him to grab the opportunity to hear it straight from someone who actually lives there. I had no idea what he was talking about at that time as I haven’t read his source. This is not the first time it happened though. I thought these ambush interviews I get only prove that Philippines is drawing a lot of international attention, though it is yet again another unpopular way to get noticed. All these is thanks to our foul-mouthed president and the drug-related number of dead people since he sat in power.
Going back anyway, so this curious guy who speaks good English talked about how Japan is also a dangerous country. Imagine how strongly I disagreed. He said police force here has great power that it is not uncommon for some accused to not be given a chance to defend themselves. I don’t know how true that is though. He kept mentioning how he thinks Japan is like a zoo and how he feels like being in a cage. He said there is not much freedom in this country. As he seems to be jumping into conclusions that all these recent happenings in our country will turn us into another communist country or worse, our president into another dictator, I told him that our president is only doing his best so Philippines can be a safer place to live in. Not trying to be rude, I suggested that if he wants that much freedom and doesn’t want to be in a zoo, then try the wild -maybe live in the Philippines for a change.
I take this as a perfect example of ‘the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence’. This guy, probably having lived in Japan for his entire life, thinks he can be happier with a little more freedom, while here I am, having lived all mine in the Philippines, thinks Japan is a utopia -the dreamland, because here, everything is peaceful and quiet and orderly. I always find myself comparing and then complaining because, who can blame me, I want a better Philippines and I want it now more than ever, now that we have someone who is willing to do whatever it takes to provide his people that.
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