在一個貧窮的國家有錢是什么感覺？What is it like to be rich in a poor country?
2021-03-03 遼闊天空 12972 0 0 收藏 糾錯&舉報
What is it like to be rich in a poor country?
- 在日本做鴨是什么感覺？ 2022/05/29 12081 19 0
- 【上】在印度當妓女是什么感覺？ 2022/05/27 17094 48 0
- 為什么許多印度人紛紛離開印度定居國外，年輕人幾乎沒有國家歸屬感 2022/05/24 16166 42 0
- 你的國家有哪些事情很常見，但在國外卻很少見 2022/04/13 12259 17 0
- 為什么美國作為一個移民國家卻會產生強烈的反移民情緒? 2022/04/13 11855 34 0
- 韓國的特權階級：一個國家，兩種制度 2022/04/06 16922 35 0
- QA:如果你只有兩個月的旅行時間，你會跳過東南亞的哪些國家？ 2022/01/31 15140 13 0
- 歐洲殖民主義征服了所有國家，除了這五個 2021/09/05 23748 82 0
My family is not rich. But a lot of my relatives are rich, like rich in terms of real estate, money, jewelry, and political capital. Fortunately, in the Philippines, when I was still growing up, we were all closely knitted as many families I have known in Metro Manila, the nation's capital region. Such that, this situation has benefited myself and many members of my family. Actually, richness can be felt more with the absence of it, than when it is around. You won't exactly miss something that you did not have in the first place, and so come now, and ponder briefly on that thought.
Being rich, or being close to the source of richness in a poor country is advantageous and beneficial. We would always have food without the need to beg, quality healthcare when we're sick and hospitalized, money for those relatives who are sick and dying, have extra money to pay for luxuries most won't even think about (in my case, I always had comics and books for my regular reading pleasure----you generally don't expect most of the poor to be reading, do you?). We had more than necessary, gratefully. Remember, we soon learned that being rich is almost always seeing things relatively with what others have and don't have.
It is all relative because you would always be confronted by many manifestations of poverty coming from numerous unexpected sources. You would see people who would be asking for something or anything they could seek for from others whom they sense are rich. You will always be put on the spot because you're perceived by most to be rich. We were taught early on to be charitable, to be always giving more than we can.
I think I learned most of my abilities in asking for help for some specific charitable projects from growing up in my kind of situation. Such that, I actually find it really very easy when I am asking for help, particularly material help, for some people's money needs. But when it comes to asking help to meet my own money needs, I have complete qualms in asking help. I hesitate strongly. It's mainly due to growing up relatively being able to get most of what I need and want. I am grateful. All these experiences have added up to who I am as a person nowadays.
Let me give you my perspective of growing up in a wealthy, well-known family in a poor country. If you are curious to know whether I thought myself "better than everyone else", the answer is an emphatic no. Until a few years ago (I'm now in my 40's - living and working in the USA) I honestly didn't think much about it. I was just too busy as a kid, and a teen! My days were a whirlwind of activities. Besides school, there was ballet (when I was little), piano, and then quiz shows and science clubs as a teen. I guess some of these aren't activities that you generally associate with "rich kids", but both my parents were pretty down to earth and wanted us not to grow up entitled and spoiled.
So I guess a big part of the answer depends upon your parents' values and lifestyle. Both my parents were pretty introverted growing up, my mom in an upper middle class academic family, and my dad in one of the wealthiest families in the country at that time. They spent all their time away from school reading and playing piano(mom) and violin (dad), and just kind of continued on with that lifestyle as adults; books and classical music were constants in my home. My dad worked for his dad's company, and my mom was a homemaker until I was 14. There were domestic staff to do the cooking and cleaning (especially in my dad's family) so they never learnt any practical household skills. My mom cooked elaborate dinner party meals that she learnt from a private cookery teacher, but didn't know how to make everyday food. My dad literally could not boil an egg. Even when I was a kid, I didn't do any household chores, not because I was lazy or thought myself "above" such things, but simply because it was done for me. This gave me time to focus on school and my other interests. Again, this was true of some of my parents' friends and their offspring; others followed the stereotypical dissolute rich lifestyle.
We lived in a house that was bigger and more comfortable than the vast majority of homes in my country, custom built on prime land and paid for as a wedding present to my parents by my paternal grandfather. We were one the few families in the nation to own a Mercedes Benz, when most people traveled in overcrowded buses. Again, I was peripherally aware of this discrepancy, but was too busy with all my activities to sit around feeling entitled. (If that is the point of this question - I don't know.) As a kid, you are just kind of in your own bubble, and rarely stop to think about social hierarchies and machinations in depth.
Re-reading this, it sort of seems as if growing up, I was callous and oblivious to the living conditions of most people in my country. I was a friendly and egalitarian young person - never princessy or snobby. (I've had many, many people tell me so.) I don't even recollect stopping my whirlwind of activities and related thoughts, to actually realize that I lead a pretty privileged life. If it did occur to me, I certainly didn't dwell on it.
I'm from Brazil. Despite being more developed than other countries cited here, as Madagascar, we cannot escape from wealth inequity and bad distribution of resources.
I have grown in an affluent family, having lots of priviledges and confort. I have never worried about serious matters. Have never been through harsh situations. The worst, have hardly seen other, poor people going through difficuties. We, try not to see them, so we do not feel guilty, so we do not have to care and interact, so we can think only about us.
This has consequences in each sector of our society, from education to employment, even from public treatment to "rights".
The big deal here, is that, we not only have poverty, as usual to whole world, we have more than half of the popullation strugling everyday while the ones with money dont give a fuck.
This may seem obvious, but, based on those statements, I propose two answers for your question.
1. It′s nice, we can have products from the first world and people working for us. Though we have to be alx sometimes not to be robed or beaten.
2. It's kind of unconfortable, having all good stuff knowing that I could be helping societies and other humans who do not have the same opotunities.
Guess that is it. That is my opinion. Hope it was at least only in Brazil, but this mentality got to change. And, maybe, we could spand the question to:
What is it like to be rich in a poor world?
When I was about 10, my entire family moved to Madagascar, which is considered one of the poorest countries in the world. Our family has never been by any means rich, in fact we would probably be considered poor by US standards, but when we got there it was like we jumped into the rich category. Suddenly we could afford a two story house in a 'rich' neighborhood with a garden, fence, and gate. We had a babysitter, cook, laundress, guards, chauffeur and a maid. We had two very nice cars and our chauffeur drove us to school and back everyday. We could go to the market and buy pretty much anything we wanted. Looking back on it, I don't think I ever realized how much of a lifestyle change it was, especially in a place where most families could not afford to send their children to school because they needed them to work. It was wonderful while it lasted, which was only for a couple years until we moved back to the US.
I think the most important thing I learned while there was the true nature of wealth. I definitely think that period of wealth has affected my goals for the future. I think I am not as cautious with money any more, and to me it has less value than it did to me when we were poor. We are poor now, so this definitely is a problem for me now since I am not good at conserving money anymore. Before I didn't really care much for money either, until you realize how nice it is to have it, but maybe that was because I was young then. I think I am more financially driven in my career choices too, probably because I want to rise to that kind of lifestyle again someday.
The most relevant fact here is that during most of the 20th C middle class Americans could live rich abroad, just like the British during Empire.This period has ended.
Hemingway as a young man could live rich in Paris and Cuba.
If the US gov or your company provided the residence, you could live very grand indeed.
In the 1950's the CIA station chief in Japan lived in a residence in Tokyo with grounds that covered a square block.Neither a wealthy Japanese nor American today is going to live in a square block of Tokyo.
At the time we lived in Chile it was a poor country. We lived in a compound with 3 large homes down a long driveway.There were a large number of gardeners full time. We had 1 live-in maid, many Americans had 2. The maid went to the market each day for fresh food.There was no frozen or packaged. The maid made 4 meals a day, including English tea.
I went to a private German school, most American kids went to the American school, run by the Baptist Church.You had to wear a uniform.
Chile is a much more developed country today, but it would be very hard and very expensive to recreate the quality of life I has as a child in Chile.
原創翻譯：龍騰網 http://www.mmg13444.com 轉載請注明出處
I was born in a rich country but my parents wanted to travel to india I went there when I was 15. India was very smelly and polluted and the water tasted bad milk made out of powder etc. But we were living in a high class area we had enough rupees (indian money) which could last my family four generations but after a year we moved back.
Being rich in a poor country is like being rich in some backward town.
You have money but there is nothing to buy. You have to shop in other city or other town which have a good shopping mall. You can buy things online, but who are you going to show to ? You only create resentment by showing of the things you have.
That is why rich people from poor country behave differently when they visit rich country.