eeuunikkeiexpat wrote:admin wrote:... What foreigners need to understand is that they are not going to change it. In fact you are in another class all together. You are neither here nor there, and for the most part have the mobility to move between them with in certain limitations. Just do not expect the same of native Chileans born in to them, to view the class system the way you do. It might seem easy from a distance for people to do something about it, but you must remember they are looking at it from the inside out (same with your own culture in many things also).
I have seen foreigner after foreigner get themselves in big trouble, trying to some how inject their foreign sense of social justice in to personal and business relationships, and get their hand bit off in Chile. For example, the most common case is the foreigners trying to take employees and make them best friends. Guess what happens? The employee from the lower class more times than naught will read that as a sign of stupidity and weakness, and take full advantage of the dumb Gringo. The Gringo goes walking away thinking all Chileans are thieves or dishonest. Most of the time that is not so much the case, as they put gas on an old social fire and did not realize that the stove was hot before touching it. Employees and workers from the lower social classes have certain expectations, and very different life experiences, and most of the time unless a foreigner has been here for many, many, years will not be able to judge those motivations correctly. My advice has been and still is, to all foreigners, is stay the hell out of it. By a fluke of where you were born, you lack the cultural experience to play in that cultural pond. Not to say you can not, just it will take a long time and you will be surprised years later about how little you understand it, even when you think you do. In any case, you are not going to fix it or change it.
Quoted to reemphasize, especially to those who want to force this forum conceived and designed to support MAINLY FOREIGNER EXPATS into some kind of CHILE political-social-economic debate forum.
chilco wrote:Yes! No hair extensions, no acrylic nails,no tanning salons, no back-scatter machines, no license for your lemonade stands, no fluoride, no flu shots, no no sitting on the grass,no million restrictions that I loathe and don't remember at this moment. Patagonia, give me your freedoms, and make me feel small against the greatness of your nature.
chilco wrote:I don't doubt their existence in urban Chile. I'm not moving north, I'm moving south, where I can drink my own water, and sit on whatever grass pokes up through the mud, and grow vegetables without Monsanto telling me I can't.
At least for now.
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