How and when is this term used you might ask. It is used many times in many circumstances:
If someone has a job, but are paid less than minimum wage and you ask why, you will hear “It’s ok; at least I have this job.”
If a Filipino buys something and it breaks before it’s intended use life, they will say “It’s OK, we just try to have it fixed.”
If there is a higher price for something and you complain to your friend or family again you will hear, “it’s ok, we can still afford to buy some, even if less in quantity.”
This is something you hear all the time. At times I want to scream “It is not ok!!” But this is the culture and mindset of many Filipinos. As I have written many times, I try to understand the culture which is so different than the culture of America and European countries and try to adjust my understanding to live here, some things are so difficult to understand. In addition, since I am not a Filipino, it is not my place to tell people that their culture and country might be wrong. I had decided to move and live here and try to accept how and what life is here.
I realize, I cannot change a country, or even the culture and mindset of the people around me. As I am reminded many times, this is the Philippines and not America. This is true so why do I discuss this. It is because many of the readers here want more information about the Philippines because they are thinking of relocating here for retirement or whatever reasons they have to do so.
From my last article “Jobs and Self Improvement in the Philippines”, one of the readers left a comment and directed me to a link for an e-book “Get Real Philippines”. This eBook is written by a Filipino with his thoughts about the “How’s” and “Whys” life is the way it is here.
Again, this is not my words and I am not stating I agree or disagree with his evaluation but to me it is interesting reading. I am also not a researcher and have not the intelligence or energy to do such a study.
I hope you will take the time to read this book and maybe comment about your thoughts. For me, I will read it a few times to get a better understanding of what is being said. For me, this is not a book to read in a hurry or when tired and might need a few readings to best absorb the real meaning of his words and philosophies.