I had chance to discuss with one of my Europe friends. When introducing each other, I told my story that I am currently living with my parents and supporting them. She said it’s nice. Then for her, living with parents is weird for them and they usually don’t support the parents also. First I feel strange but It got clear when she explain to me everything with it.
In Western country, adult over 18 years old usually try to live alone the most. They left the house and live with the city where they work. Some even leave the country and study abroad or work abroad. They don’t need to worry for if the parents get sick. When the citizens get old in their countries, the government usually takes care after the old people. For it, citizens also have to pay the government monthly tax. Citizens usually have to pay the tax for every months of salary. It is just a small part. The law and regulation not only effect on citizen workers but also for private workers. Then so they don’t need to worry about when they get old. The government treats the old people and the young people only need to develop their own livelihood. The old parents also don’t want to live with their sons and daughters for long also. But some live with. Most old people would only want to live in quiet life with no care. Even if they got sick, they are right to go to public care centers where old and unhealthy people live.
But in Myanmar, the government still doesn’t have the plan to take care of the old people. They care for public stuff such as school teacher and staffs from each ministry. But the amount of the pension is still too low. For private workers who are getting old, no one will take care after them if their sons and daughters don’t. Old people always have to get worry for their life if there is no one really in the life to help them. Then so young people today have two responsibilities: one is to take care of the parents and one is to take care of their old life in the future. Then so Myanmar people believe that money is the life of goal because it’s only the one thing to live in life with no problem.
Young people today bear three things to worry: to support family, to save the money to spend when getting old and to generate income to avoid starving life. Then so many poor Myanmar entrepreneurs’ steps are taking too slow in the process. Anyway, Myanmar people also love to live with parents.
Author: Aung Kham
Image source: Olivier Thiercelin