Fromourarchives, Filipino Society, Class, Privilege, Education, Employment, Wealth, Poverty, İnequality

Fromourarchives, Filipino Society

It's about privilege, not about working or studying hard

Privilege is the stepping stone that got me to where I am today, not my own 'hard work'

25.8.2019

Has anyone ever told you that all you need to succeed is to work hard? One young woman explains why that isn't exactly the case. FromOurArchives It's about privilege, not about working or studying hard

Privilege is the stepping stone that got me to where I am today, not my own 'hard work'

Published 1:02 PM, October 10, 2015 Updated 2:20 PM, October 10, 2015 Here's a secret:"Working hard" or"studying hard" isn't the solution to poverty or otherwise unfortunate circumstances. It's privilege. Privilege is the stepping stone that got me to where I am today, not my own"hard work." I was privileged enough to be born to middle-class parents who did the hard work in order for me to be where I am today. Privilege is what enabled me to finish my secondary education in a private high school with an annual tuition fee that could afford to send a student in the lower brackets of the socialized tuition system to UP for at least 5 semesters. I was privileged enough to have a mother who came from a well-off family and a father who came from the province but got the luck of the draw in getting a corporate job, even without an elite education. Yes, my parents and my parents' parents worked hard, and every day I gratefully reap the fruits of their love and labor. But the farmers who put the rice on my table, and the fisher folk who put the catch beside it also worked hard. The countless other workers who built the roof I sleep under, the school building that I attend class in – they all worked hard. The list goes on. Opportunity Yes, I can admit that I"studied hard,” enough for our educational system to grant me honors as a mark of my “intelligence", enough to pass the exams I needed to get into a good university. But so did countless of other students in public schools, who have been deprived of the right opportunities to quality education. Even in law, the benefits and effects of having privilege permeate the institution that should be enforcing what is just and fair. People with status, names, wealth, and influence rise above the ranks of an institution that should have penalized them for not doing what is legal or for not complying with what is right. That's the magic of privilege. It gives people with enough means like me the chance to slug it out with the higher-ups by gritting our teeth, keeping our heads down and obeying the system. Privilege gives those in the right social circles the chance to game the said system to their advantage. But it also puts down those who would have otherwise had the same access to the same rights, but who are, unfortunately, without the magical benefits of privilege. Tell that to the out-of-school youth who can't afford an education or the laborers who work under illegal conditions just to get by every day on minimum wage. You know all the sad statistics, the grim figures, the gut-wrenching stories. These are what our privileged circles and environments inculcated in us since childhood; we are told such examples to goad us into working harder and studying harder. You know about these people. Yet why do many seem to think they are in these deplorable circumstances, simply because they failed to study hard or work hard? Are people that blinded in believing that those who are in poverty are all lazy and uneducated? So the next time you have the gall to tell someone to"work hard" or"study hard,” I challenge you to think about the opportunities in your life that put you in the blessed position to say that. Because unless you're blind, apathetic, or that insensitive to the state of this country and our fellow Filipinos, you know as well as I do that"working hard" and"studying hard" will only ever make a difference to the few who are privileged, not the unfortunate majority. — Rappler.com Alex Austria is a BA Journalism graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She is currently a second year law student at the University of the Philippines College of Law. In these changing times, courage and clarity become even more important. Take discussions to the next level with Rappler PLUS — your platform for deeper insights, closer collaboration, and meaningful action. Sign up today and access exclusive content, events, and workshops curated especially for those who crave clarity and collaboration in an intelligent, action-oriented community. As a bonus, we’re also giving a free 1-year Booky Prime membership for the next 200 subscribers. Read more: Rappler

What they don't tell you about the OFW life'It isn't whining to speak about OFW realities, nor does it mean that they are ungrateful for their overseas jobs; it's simply a peek into our not-so-ideal lives'

Scarlett Johansson tops Forbes highest-paid actress list for 2019It is Scarlett's second year as number one on the Forbes best-paid list. 😮

12 tricks to save moneyHere are a few tips for those who have a hard time saving money!

Philippines’ TNC Predator takes home P35M in ‘Dota 2’ tourneyDid you miss this? TNC finishes higher than last year in the prestigious annual Dota 2 tourney, The International.

Disney's dozen: what we learnt at D23 movies panelMovies include 'Black Panther 2' and 'Cruella' are in the works.

Back home



Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto to Immigration bureau: Help us deport illegal Chinese workers

Honda plant shutdown to have ‘minimal’ economic impact — Panelo

Chris Tiu plays piano cover of 'Descendants of the Sun' OST, Capt. Ri's song

LOOK: Duterte attends GMA reporters’ wedding in Antipolo City

Senators probe ABS-CBN franchise as Calida moves for network’s shutdown

ABS-CBN should have apologized to Duterte earlier, Palace says

Who is Mommy Divine, Sarah Geronimo’s mother?

Write Comment

Thank you for your comment.
Please try again later.

Latest News

News

25 August 2019, Sunday News

Previous news

Hot meat seized in Binondo

Next news

VP: Sanchez case shows death penalty shouldn’t be reinstated
Nadine Lustre joins cleanup drive in Manila Bay Cayetano twits ‘sipsip’ individuals amid ABS-CBN franchise woes Cayetano: House notice to NTC 'sufficient’ to allow ABS-CBN to keep operating ABS-CBN did not commit violations – BIR, SEC ABS-CBN executives face the Senate | Evening wRap Lawmaker files resolution seeking to extend validity of ABS-CBN's franchise until 2022 What Vice Ganda, Anne Curtis, Angel Locsin said after Senate hearing on ABS-CBN Recto: Why impose 'death penalty' on ABS-CBN if violations proven true? Senators convinced ABS-CBN does not deserve franchise revocation Bong Go: It's those anti-Duterte ads on ABS-CBN that got the boss goat ABS-CBN answers franchise challenge before Supreme Court READ: ABS-CBN statement on the Senate hearing on franchise issues
Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto to Immigration bureau: Help us deport illegal Chinese workers Honda plant shutdown to have ‘minimal’ economic impact — Panelo Chris Tiu plays piano cover of 'Descendants of the Sun' OST, Capt. Ri's song LOOK: Duterte attends GMA reporters’ wedding in Antipolo City Senators probe ABS-CBN franchise as Calida moves for network’s shutdown ABS-CBN should have apologized to Duterte earlier, Palace says Who is Mommy Divine, Sarah Geronimo’s mother? ABS-CBN to Senate: We did not violate any of the franchise provisions LOOK: You can subscribe to a monthly cheese box from La Petite Fromagerie ABS-CBN pays taxes regularly, BIR tells Senate panel Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Dennis Trillo, Jennylyn Mercado spotted at Sheena Halili's wedding ‘Maybe we should have a new Speaker’: Solon slams House inaction in ABS-CBN franchise case