People, especially nurses, say, "The pasture is greener on the other side."True to its geographic and economic stability, the Philippines has long been a third worldcountry. It has endured countless occupancies; from the Spaniards, who brought Christianity asa religion into this fair land, to the Japanese, who introduced sushi as a main dish, to theAmericans, who spread capitalism as a means of international survival. Undermining the barter between and among other lesser nations, the Chinese who introduced gunpowder, thus, thecause of the proliferation of modern-day armory, and the Arabs, the people who spread Muslimas a religion.For so long, the Philippines has not known its identity. With countless times, having been giventhe chances of growth and stability, it has only known one thing: Dollars.Embedded in every Filipino is the chance and choice of a better life. I use the term chance, for so many Filipinos, rich and poor, have been given that opportunity to migrate and flourish as a"western citizen." The term choice, on the other hand, depicts a much lighter perspective on theFilipino citizen.Translation: He has enough money to go there anytime and be a hard working "western citizen",but in the Philippines, he's filthy rich.And for the last 10 years, one thing has become a mass hysteria for the Filipinos: Nursing.Yes, the course which teaches the art and science of caring, has been abused by every Filipinocitizen there is.
: So, son, what course do you plan on taking on for college?
Son (high school graduate)
: I think i want to pursue my dream of being an architect. Yeah,probably architecture or fine arts.
: Are you sure?
: Yes, of course. I could build a house for both you and mom. Wouldn't that be great?
: Yeah.. (smirking) But you know son, it would be better if you took up nursing. it's indemand in US and other countries abroad! I mean, you don't have to build us a house. Youcould just send the money then, and we'll build it for you!
: (sluggishly agrees, nods head in approval)You see, ever since the
of this profession, it has spread like a wild fire. And every singleFilipino has thought of one thing:
The Great American Dream.
However, in truth and in fact, it doesn't matter if it isn't the States!? There's always the UnitedKingdom, or Australia, or Ireland, or even New Zealand. If it doesn't work out? There will alwaysbe Asia - Singapore, UAE, Saudi Arabia, etc. Filipinos don't care!? So long as their sons anddaughters leave this wretched hole, everything is fine.Sure, you will always here parents say,
"Pinapagaral ka namin dahil yan lang ang tanging kayamanan na kaya naming ibigay."