You're from a third world country!

Philippines
February 23, 2012 3:45am CST
I get offended if somebody tells me that I came from a third world country. My country may not as rich as the first world countries but it doesn't mean all people are poor and starving. It sounds like racism to me. What can you say fellow mylotters?
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@airamtheb (370)
23 Feb 12
I agree with you champoy!Me too feel like we are the poorest of the poor when we are labeled as someone from a third world country. They didn't know we are rich with natural resources we only became poor because of our corrupt leaders and officials.
@waflay (2717)
• Nairobi, Kenya
23 Feb 12
Corruption is the killers of human efforts to make a change in the society. This is the worst limitation we have and so hard to uproot, as if it runs in bloodline of every leader in our countries. Our resources can be abundant but still every penny is lost in someone's large pocket. I think change starts with every citizen, even much for ordinary citizens who vote in corrupt leaders, and if we face it without fear- then we are sure to succeed. I applaud you!
24 Feb 12
Thank you wafly.This reminds me a friend when his grandfather became a US citizen that when he came home one time to our country, his grandfather had lots of complaints almost about everything around his former little city, comparing it to the kind of life he is enjoying in America. My friend was so annoyed listening to all his grandfather' negatives comments about the government and its leaders' passion in corruption that he said like; "corruption will only be eradicated when all people from age 3 up to the oldest in the country will be subjected to die for its the only way to cut and stop the contagious disease of corruption." His grandfather had stop talking then because he is 73 years old.;))
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• Philippines
24 Feb 12
@airamtheb, I agree with you. It also makes me feel like we are the poorest of the poor. They don't know that we are also rich. We many not have many money but still we are wealthy in terms of natural resources. It is just that the proportion of poor people is bigger than the rich. @waflay, I agree with you. The lives of the people do not improve because of this corrupt officials. They steal the money and put it in their bank accounts instead of using it to eradicate poverty. Ordinary people should also be vigilant in voting for public leaders next time. We should choose those persons who we think have good records and trustworthy.
@louievill (18114)
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
who's poor?, who's poor?lol (kidding) let me explain, a country is considered third world because according to Encyclopedia of world geography a country is considered third world when What makes a nation third world? Despite everevolving definitions, the concept of the third world serves to identify countries that suffer from high infant mortality, low economic development, high levels of poverty, low utilization of natural resources, and heavy dependence on industrialized nations. These are the developing and technologically less advanced nations of Asia, Africa, Oceania, and Latin America. Third world nations tend to have economies dependent on the developed countries and are generally characterized as poor with unstable governments and having high rates of population growth, illiteracy, and disease. A key factor is the lack of a middle class—with impoverished millions in a vast lower economic class and a very small elite upper class controlling the country’s wealth and resources. Most third world nations also have a very large foreign debt. It has nothing to do with racism, in fact a large foreign debt may no longer be a criteria for me cause since the last down turn of 2008, things seem to be an equalizer, if you are worried about debt of our country, better check this out who among nations have greater debt and you would be surprised that even large advanced nations have bigger foreign debts than us, so calm down, again if they have a large debt, it does not mean they are sliding to become third world, it's an entirely different thing, here's the link http://www.indexmundi.com/g/r.aspx?t=100&v=94
@louievill (18114)
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
Note we are only number 48 when it comes to debt but we are still considered third world, again the term is defined to what I had given above. You can be the richest in your country but still live in a third world, hope it clears the matter somehow, yeah and there is no such thing as a first world or a second world country
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• Philippines
24 Feb 12
Yes, I agree with you that the economies of developing countries are dependent on developed countries. It's because they don't have enough money to support and create jobs for its constituents. Thanks for this information. But why does US consider to be the a first country even though it has huge foreign debt?
@louievill (18114)
• Philippines
24 Feb 12
Like I said it's not just how large your debt is to be considered third world, third world is what I sited above, again it's not a first world or second world cause I don't thik there is such a thing only third
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
He/She is not in the position to treat someone like that even if he came from a developed country. If that happens to me, I will fight back because I don't want someone to step my nation and myself and act like a superior. Let us judt respect eachother. This is us. That is your country.
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• Philippines
24 Feb 12
I agree with you. She/He has no right to treat us like that. Even if we live in a not so rich country, it does mean we are all poor. That the people are starving and the place is not good. All of us are equal no matter if you came from a first, second or third world country. No superior, no inferior. Let's just respect each other and each country.
@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
2 Mar 12
Thank you champoy if you take my side.
• Philippines
2 Mar 12
You are welcome cearn25. I think I will also do what you could do. Happy mylotting!
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
I'm not offended about it, for me its non sense, the one who said it is just trying to insult other and make there self look so superior, yes they are more money and the technology they have is much more advance, but they don't know what we know about who we really are, I just try to respect other nation if they are poor or not, I just want to understand why? me I choice to work aboard and feel envy about there benefits from there government, but I'm still happy to my self that I have a open mind not to think that I'm so small. I don't argue and let them, and even politic really bad lots of poker face so just get used to it and apply for dual citizen its important that you enjoy life, and just let this negative thought fade away from your mind.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 12
That is what we should all do, respect other nations no matter what their status are. All of us are all the same. No one is superior than the other. We may not have all the money and technology but we are also rich in our own ways. Let's just be happy and respect each other. Happy mylotting!
• India
23 Feb 12
Its so sad. Today in this generation its unexpected. Because there hav not any different between you and me. This is internet generation. So there havn't any first world and third world.
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• Philippines
27 Feb 12
In today's generation, it is totally unpredictable. May first world countries are facing financial crisis. Many people are getting into making money online as this is the easiest way to earn some cash. It doesn't require skills as long as you know how to communicate and you have a computer with internet connection. Happy mylotting!
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
23 Feb 12
I wouldn't use that word, but I would call it ignorance. Some people just go by what they were taught without finding out for themselves I suppose. I wouldn't get too offended by it, it's just ignornace is all.
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• Philippines
25 Feb 12
I also don't use that word. It sound insulting and offending to me. I guess you are right. This is some sort of ignorance. They don't know that lots of people are smart in developing countries. Not all people in these countries are poor. Some are richer than the people living in the first world. Happy mylotting!
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
no, it's not racism because its true. we are a developing country. sadly it seems that's all we've been for the last two decades. we got left behind by other countries that are not as rich in natural resources as our country is. i don't get offended either because like i said our country is rich in natural resources. what i feel is sadness because a lot of people is either taking it for granted or misusing it. poverty is always blamed on corrupt politicians but who put them in power in the first place? no, our country is not starving, it's dwindling.
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
Yes, it is true. We are in a third world country. I would like people use developing country instead of third world country. Every time I hear people saying this, I get offended. Some people say "Don't expect too much. You are in a third world country". For me, it associates to poverty, corrupt politician, pollution etc. I hope that they will use developing country instead. Have a nice day!
@hunibani (720)
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
I don't get offended. If someone says that to me, I tell them "Yes, I am. Because we are many because of too much love lol"
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• Philippines
24 Feb 12
I know I live in a third world country but they don't have to say that. Why can't they say "developing country"? I prefer this. It sounds better to me. How could you say that we are in a third world country because of too much love? Do you mean first world countries don't have much love like us?
• Philippines
23 Feb 12
My reaction will depend on how someone will say it in front of me. I'm not offended about this because its the truth. I just feel a little ashamed. Were living in the same country dude. Now you have a good point stating that not all who are living in this category are all poor. Some are even wealthier than the ones living in the 1st rank. We should not be judge of what country we live in but rather by our character. If only our government is taking notice of the present situation of our people. But we couldn't blame the government alone, it's people should be responsible also. We should act now.
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• Philippines
24 Feb 12
I don't like being the term third world country. It makes me feel like I am living in a very poor country. I prefer developing country instead. Sound better and not offending. I agree with you that we just not have to blame the government. Remember, we elected them so it is our responsibility to choose those deserving applicants. People should not be blinded on their promises. Most of it are meant to be broken. We should evaluate their previous accomplishments. In that way, we are quite assured that we choose the right person. Thanks for your response. I appreciate it!
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
13 Sep 12
I am from what is considered a first world country and I know there are some people here that are as poor if not poorer than people from a third world country. I think the people have different attitudes based on where they are from and think their place is best whether it be high or low income. I try not to look at things in that manner because it is really unfair to everyone. Thanks for sharing!
• Philippines
21 Sep 12
Yes, it is really unfair. I'm glad that you are not one of them. Have a nice day ahead!
• Philippines
26 Feb 12
I'd tell them so what if I came from a third world country?The status of our country doesn't define its people.What country are you from?
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
We're from the same kat_princess. I agree with you, the status of a country doesn't define the lives of its people. There also rich people. What country lacks is the number of middle class people. The population of poor people are huge compared to Class A and B people. I hope that the term third world country will not be used anymore. I prefer developing country because our country is trying its best to eliminate poverty and create jobs for its people. Happy mylotting.
@erjnsimon (1191)
• Makati, Philippines
25 Feb 12
many think that third world countries are the place for the poor. however to those who are saying that, many people in the third world countries are smart. and not all of its people are like squatters. it is just ok.
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
I agree with you. There are lots of smart and hardworking people in third world countries. I guess they are also competitive. People in developing countries are not all poor. You can also see rich ones. It is just that there are only few. I hope they will be more middle class people so that everybody will be having a good life. Happy mylotting!
@gtdonna (1740)
25 Feb 12
I came from what people call a "third world country" as well, but what i tell them is this. It is funny you call my country third world, but yet we supply your country with sugar, rice, gold and diamond and food stuff. When i say that, they usually shut up and change the conversation
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
Hahaha. You make me laugh gtdonna. You made a good response to the people who are quite ignorant calling your place a third world country. Our countries may not be as rich as theirs but hey we are rich in natural resources. Sometimes, developing countries are the suppliers of goods to first world countries. Nice one gtdonna!
@ecaron (678)
• Canada
24 Feb 12
you're from the Phillipines right? My daughter-in-law's mother is from there and I know other people from there, it's a beautiful country and I'd love to visit there. You should be proud of your country and don't let anyone tell you it's poor or no good. My parents are from Germany and when anyone says things like Nazi or whatever, I get mad too just because I am proud of my parents they made Canada their new home after they were married and survived a war to get here. I am proud to be Canadian too because I have a beautiful, free country that helps out a lot of other nations in the world. Be proud and hold your head high, my lot , friend!!
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
Just like you, I am also proud of my motherland. It is a beautiful country. The problem is that many people don't see the beauty of this country. They only know about poverty, pollution and corrupt politicians. I am glad that you like my country. I hope next time you visit the Philippines, you have time to go to Davao. It is a safe and great place too. Happy mylotting!
@MrNuink (67)
• Malaysia
23 Feb 12
"Originally the term "Third World" was use during the cold war to distinguish those nations that are neither aligned with the West(NATO), nor with the East, the Communist bloc. Today the term is often used to describe the developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania. [Many poorer Nations adopted the term to describe themselves]." Taken from the website www.nationsonline.org. I don't really care if people tells me I'm from a third world Country, let others think what they wanna think as long as in our heart we know the beauty of our own Country. But some things stated online, or in the media sometimes does offends me, such as a line from the text above which states that "Many poorer Nations adopted the term to describe themselves". I don't think, no matter how poor a country is, the citizens of any developing country would adopt the term "Third World" to describe themselve. I believe the corrupt leaders of some developing Countries are the one who tells the world or the world media that the whole nation have adopted the term "Third world" to desrcribe themselve, to attained to their own agenda. However this is just my personal thought and opinion.
• Philippines
27 Feb 12
I don't like term the third world country. It makes me feel like some people are pushing the people down. They think they are superior and the people living in a developing countries are poor. I hope that people will not use this phrase to label themselves. I prefer the term developing countries. Sounds better to my ear.
@Tushavi (2078)
• Karachi, Pakistan
23 Feb 12
also annoying for me too, I use a forum WJ, this forum is full of racist, once I answer these Racist, specially when they make fun of Indian/Pakistanis, "Do you know what is the Human of Real world??? Ofcourse these are South asians these are living on globe for more than 5000 years ago, they have culture Human relations value & ofcourse money, BUT, some crisis makes them Poor & Now peoples saying "You are third world peoples" I agreed I am also a Racist to answer them, but atleast these country peoples struggling for Money, & do you know guys??? Pakistanis,Indo,Ban,Philpines makes the world so cheaper because of their hardworking & low income demand, these peoples are gift for earth, Don't be disappointed because you are not by born rich nor you are by born poor, The actual thing is your God Gifted Mind power & lucky life, wish you best of luck to ALL THIRD WORLD PEOPLES (INCLUDING ME) May God Wish you best of luck & life, have a nice day & Sorry for my bad english.
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
People should not make fun about other races. Let's just respect them. Everybody is not entitled to insult or make fun things about other people. No matter if you live in a rich or poor country, we are all the same and equal in the eye of God. Have a nice day!
@waflay (2717)
• Nairobi, Kenya
23 Feb 12
Yes! It is so hurting, and I think someone who invented it was a racist enough to come up with such a word,even worse people who use it don't realize the dark-side of it.
• Philippines
25 Feb 12
I always get hurt every time they call us as third world country. I know that it is the fact but I prefer the term developing country. It sound better to my ear. People in the third world country are not all poor. There are also rich ones. The problem is, the population of poor people is high compared to the high class people. Thanks for responding. Happy mylotting!
@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
23 Feb 12
The first time, I heard the term, it was used in a technical manner, and was applied in that manner, too! I worked at one of the World's largest import companies of Auto Parts (all parts)...and Third World/Developing Countries were free from "import tariffs" so that their economy was assisted by avoiding these duties..as well as the Country importing the parts! Of course, this had spin-off benefits for the exporter and importer, the most important being the price...and secondly, developing countries, then produced a better quality product, as they struggled to get their share of the market! I have never thought of it as a derogatory term and never use it in that manner!
• Philippines
24 Feb 12
Thanks for sharing this information pergammano. Developing countries are trying their best to produce better quality products because this will attract investors to invest in their country. This means jobs for their people. I am glad that they are helping the developing countries to catch up. Happy mylotting!
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