Yen Yang

Cebu City, Philippines

About Yen

Bio

I am taking up BS Chemistry.

Languages

English

An idea worth spreading

the world will change through collective action.

I'm passionate about

politics, social change and music.

Talk to me about

social realities, history and music.

My TED story

My dad brought me to this site. At first, I ignored his say about TED, because I did not venture and I did not care. But as soon as that moment came when I wanted to simply hear people's interesting ideas on different things, I started to reconsider TED. I started watching videos about the environment, and I had fun. This then prompted me to watch more videos. So, I downloaded and downloaded. And as of now, May 26, 2013, I have downloaded 40 videos and have watched about 10 videos online. And it feels good to have been quite addicted to something beneficial and something worthwhile. So, I plan to download more! :)

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Comments & conversations

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Yen Yang
Posted 9 months ago
Is having a social class inevitable?
i know there are good sides in everything. no matter how bad an idea sounds, it always has at least one good thing with it. if i take extremes, i wouldn't be able to consider the other ideas basically contradicting with my belief in most cases. i have to live up believing in such extreme. now, if i'm hybrid, i can select the good sides in every stand and make my own stand out of them. it sounds stupid but it basically means "i am for whatever right thing regardless of the stand". simply that. :)
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Yen Yang
Posted 9 months ago
Is having a social class inevitable?
but what about those people who are trying very hard to earn just wages but then are not being given what they deserve? an example would be the case of nescafe here in the philippines. although workers are being paid the minimum wage, this amount of money cannot and will simply not suffice a family of five due to the relatively high costs of living. these workers are working hard; some of them even push to work overtime just to earn additional pay which then again cannot be even near enough. what about them? they are working hard and they are taking risks. everyday. but why are they not eased out from the abuses of the capitalist society? why? i believe that the capitalists themselves are the ones making and keeping the class distinctions. they want to stay on top and concentrate the wealth of the state among themselves. so those people who push even beyond what they can carry cannot even taste a glimpse of justice toward their work because of such a grave external factor.
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Yen Yang
Posted 9 months ago
Is having a social class inevitable?
because i learned that being defined in a certain class is downgrading to other people - not in a moral sense, but in the economic one - it causes a division among people. people belonging in the lower class tend to be more stepped on by the people above them. although these lower class people always have the option to simply not to feel too downgraded and rise above the judgments, they basically can't because such violation pushes them to remain in that class no matter how hard they try to liberate themselves from the abuses of society. yes, i want a classless society. but i'm not sure if this will happen and if socialism is the answer.
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Yen Yang
Posted 9 months ago
Is having a social class inevitable?
my thoughts would be that people are the only ones corrupting whatever system. capitalism is being abused to the point of removing others the right to decent lives - unequal wealth distribution. the wealth of the whole country is concentrated among the 1%. socialism can also be abused in terms of regulating natural resources. if everything was available, natural resources would have long been depleted due to our continually exponentially increasing population. both of them have their good points, but i guess it's not good to stay in between. is it?
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Yen Yang
Posted 9 months ago
Is having a social class inevitable?
so we'll just leave it be then? because having classes and being defined in one serve a self-interested purpose -- of only focusing on one's improvement and on his/her own strategies in climbing up the social ladder. is it even a problem in the first place, if i may ask?
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Yen Yang
Posted 9 months ago
Is having a social class inevitable?
i like the point you made: "wealth redistribution". i never really saw socialism in that perspective. i was more focused on its "wealth equality" agenda. thank you for that important insight :) and by the way, what do you think of sweden and the other nordic countries? given that socialism is defined as the prioritization of the welfare of the people before the state, are these countries socialist? thank you.