Eggs Overdone Toast Underdone

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Many people, especially the Filipinos I have shown this to, have laughed sideways at the mini-movie I made. Maybe because it is took close to the truth that they can relate to it!

We all had fun making this movie, but the chef was completely confused why I was asking for eggs “over easy” while cooking them as hard as possible. Yet, through scripting and doing like everyone else they didn’t realise in their daily lives they were following conventions that defy logic!

This happens anywhere you go in any society, community, profession, family circle…we become a conventionalised product of our surroundings. How do we break free of it? With difficulty…if ever! Unless you recognise that your thoughts and actions are a result of a collective behaviour then you may well mistrust anything that questions your norm.

As an example, in the Philippines there is very much a subserviant behaviour to authority. Here are some examples of what I mean:

* Fear of making a mistake
* Fear of making a decision (in case it is a mistake)
* Never-ending addressing of boss, foreigner, customer, etc as “Sir” or “Ma’am” to the point of irritation
* Speech patterns that NEVER deviate because they have been instructed to say it verbatim
* Inability to say “No” or “Sorry, I didn’t understand”, when a perceived superior asks a question

As I mentioned to some, there is no difference between Filipinos and people from anywhere else EXCEPT that things in the Philippines are blatantly visible in black and white, whereas in the West things are hidden in the various shades of colour. In the West we hide behind our suits, education, credentials, welfare system while in the Phiippines every day can be one of survival. You can visibly see the stress, frustration, under-nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse, natural disasters, not to mention the high levels of crime and violence that most people have experienced within the circles of their friends and family.

When I look at them I am see you! Deep down we are all the same with the same wants and needs. The fundamental reason for all the high levels of terrorist atrocities in the world today is the growing disparity between the “haves” and the “have nots”. The rich are getting rich and the poor are getting poorer. The rich have even manufactured getting themselves richer since the 2008 global economic crisis. The “have nots” have to physically worker harder and harder for less and less just to stay alive!

The time is soon approaching where you can not rely on a false economy to maintain your job or standard of living. If you want to follow convention, then please join the queue with all those people that will line up for the same underpaid job because they didn’t change their scripts or way of thinking!

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