Hi, this is Ken T. I’m currently an online English tutor catering mostly to Japanese students. I applied for that job so I could devote my mornings to reading and studying. But I also enjoy it and it’s been an incredible experience. Previously, I’ve worked in call centers and I’ve learned a lot during that time. I learned important things that weren’t taught in school, things that I feel should be taught in school – like Sales Training. So I am writing for educational reform, as well as social and economic reform.
I come from a beautiful country still struggling with poverty, despite a growing middle class. More has to be done. I will quote a line by Padre Florentino from El Filibusterismo, a novel by the Philippines’ national hero, Jose Rizal: “Marami rin sa atin ang mabuhay lang ng maginhawa ay hindi bale ang mahirapan ang kapwa…Ang ugali natin ay sarili muna bago ang kapwa. Dapat bang bigyan ng kalayaan ang ganyang Pilipino?”
I didn’t like the translation of Project Gutenberg so I will translate it myself: “There are many amongst us who upon achieving comfortable living, find it acceptable that our fellow countrymen are suffering…Our character is — self before others. Is that the kind of Filipino that deserves freedom?” Self and Others are not mutually exclusive. Who said it was anyway?
Let’s END POVERTY. I know the thought is crazy, but intractable is not the same as impossible. At least let’s start talking about it.