Sunday, October 21, 2012

Spot the diff

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of having lunch with an old friend of mine.  We were both Martial Law babies, growing up at the time of student activism calling for the end to the US-Marcos dictatorship.  Both of us went abroad for grad school and, having completed our studies, both of us came back.

Over lunch, we were talking about the need to jump-start innovation in the country. I couldn't help but ask, with a note of desperation, "Things have changed in the country, right?  Things have gotten better since we were kids?"  We seem to be complaining about many of the same things--corruption in government, lagging behind our neighbors, losing our competitive edge, the poor state of education.  Many of the people in leadership positions today are people from my generation, or at least people who grew up supposedly "knowing better."  

I'm looking for some indicators that things have changed, and that the last 30 years haven't been for nothing. The way some people talk, you'd think none of it mattered. But surely some of it has... hasn't it?