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Da Pinoy Chronicle: The 4 Main Problems That Hinder Most Filipinos Think

Hey folks, it’s just an another day at the office. I also heard that the TRO by the Supreme Court in regards to Cybercrime Law is near expiration. I always oppose this law because we all know that our bureaucracy is so incompetent that they will have an excuse for tyranny. They love this law because most Filipinos are intellectually bankrupt and in denial of the harsh realities of their beloved country.

They are perhaps the first ones who cheered at a victory of “Pinoy Pride” and anything that was made by a Filipino. They are so proud of our supposed economic growth, our development, education, jobs etc., while denying the fact that these statistics were mostly false and nonsense. For example, the 25 minutes hilarity fluke just to promote Philippine Tourism.

An ordinary Filipino may constantly trumpet this, but a more sceptical one will argue the nonsense statistics and figures. He or she will probably ask these questions:

1. Why is still the Philippines poor?

2. Why did our country became the Sick Man of Asia?

3. Why do the foreign economists had rated the Philippines one of the least attractive countries in the ASEAN in regards to business and economic policies?

4. Why does the standard of living have little to no improvement for the past 3 decades?

5. Why do Filipinos disregard rationality and even despising it?

6. Why professionals seek employment abroad than in their motherland or fatherland?

These questions, along with a million ones will keep us wondering, but the Media will try to divert it and condemn those kinds of questions. The Church will twist it and say that being poor is good. The Government will show countless statistics with little to no credibility through the use of surveys. The Nationalists and the Communists will condemn you a traitor to the motherland or fatherland.

What hinders an ordinary Juan De La Cruz to think and question authority or even the contradictions of his own society? While the government can still blabber about “progress”, these 5 problems that I will enumerate will still hinder the supposed progress of our country. Is our society really intellectually bankrupt?

1. Because they do not know

The apparent “bahala na” attitude of most of the Filipinos is the main motivator for this problem. They did not know the truth behind stories or even care about it. The ones that always captivate their attention are showbiz news and “chismis”. They are like sheep. They easily believe that allegations and hearsay (haka- haka) are true. Why? Because the Media is a powerful weapon for manipulating public opinion. You want an example?

Benigno had written  an article about why Filipinos always blame Gloria Arroyo for anything. His arguments are sound and thought provoking for many. As he said in his article:

People with squatter mentalities do not believe in hard work or in contributing to the betterment of society. They think that they can rely on the government to be responsible for their own happiness. It is quite a fitting description considering squatters by their very nature have no concern or respect for the rights or property of others. They also think that the laws do not apply to them and that they are entitled to disregard them.

After all, PNoy and his mouthpieces keep blaming GMA for everything, including their own shortfalls and especially when they commit gaffes.

Take the case of singer and songwriter, Jim Paredes. He has been very active on his twitter account lately trying to vilify GMA every chance he gets. This is what he tweeted earlier: “Atty Topacio MD, better check her height. I think she may have stopped growing, too. She may need therapy abroad.” Judging by the number of crass tweets Jim has been sending in reference to GMA, I think it is safe to say that Jim may have lost the plot. Jim appears to be struggling to find his relevance in Philippine society nowadays. His jokes are so half-a-century ago – back when political correctness was non-existent and Tito Vic and Joey ruled the comedy scene. To be precise, his jokes do not belong in this day and age when making fun of people’s appearance or illness is a no-no and a sign of ill breeding.

There are many more high-profile personalities like Jim Paredes who still refuse to see the big picture. They fail to see that their continued ranting against GMA and some of the members of the Supreme Court continues to divide the nation between those who are being irrational and those who can think objectively, which in turn results in disunity and instability.

Ask the average Filipino why he hates GMA and you won’t get a straight answer. He’ll just spew the usual “she cheated during the 2004 election” or “she stole taxpayer’s money” drivel. It gets really boring to hear the same thing over and over without getting any of the specifics or details of their allegations against GMA.

Most Filipinos think that blaming the late former President, Ferdinand Marcos is so passé so they have moved on to GMA. A quarter of a century after Edsa, the Aquinos and their supporters cannot keep blaming the original “bad guy” because blaming Marcos after all these years will highlight the fact that there was nothing significant about the so-called “people power”

Most Filipinos need to blame someone for the lack of progress in their own personal lives. Most Filipinos are actually angry with themselves, not with GMA. Underneath that arrogance is a people who are clueless as to why the country continues to be plagued by corruption and lack of progress.

They don’t realize that it is the people’s lack of attention to how public servants do their jobs that is the reason why public funds gets mismanaged. In other words, people’s apathy and indifference to how the country is being run is the real cause of corruption and not GMA.

Most Filipinos need a diversion. They’ve got nothing going for them. In the case of PNoy for example, he needs to divert people’s attention away from his lack of leadership skills and lack of vision for the country’s future.

Most Filipinos are suckers for drama. This is why they would rather believe hearsays or “tsismis” than facts. It doesn’t help that GMA was said to be not in good terms with some stakeholders of mainstream media. Allegations of GMA’s criminal activities probably gave them huge profits every time they printed stories of her “crimes”.

The Filipinos are always suckers for drama. They still believe that there is good and evil in politics itself. We are not children, we all know that morality is malleable. They don’t know the things behind the scenes, they will rather don’t care and continue to fool themselves through grandeur and pride. How we will achieve progress without even the right to know?

The Filipino society is so intellectually bankrupt that the older generations had fed the children half truths and lies. Do you think that you can fool people about the current realities of our country today?

You can clearly see in several debates that Filipinos will rather prefer top attack the messenger but not the message. Why? Because they did not know the content of the text, or even care reading it to understand the point of the author. Rational thinking is mostly non existent in this country.

2. Because they ride the bandwagon often

One of the main reasons of the apparent lack of rationality amongst Filipinos is they are always riding the bandwagon. Riding the bandwagon is not always unfavourable, but the Filipinos are riding often. We can summarily condensate it to one word: pakikisama.

Pakikisama is not unfavourable, in fact it is sometimes essential and beneficial. But if you used it too much, it will result to your lack of independent decision making because you will always conform to the decisions of the majority.

Democracy does suck when passion overrules reason. It merely becomes Idiocracy. That is our problem, in fact, several attempted to remove it with little success. Take example from the impeachment trial of Corona.

I will not waste my time for explanation, so Arche had written a brilliant article about the apparent bandwagon riding of the Filipinos.

We have witnessed in the past months how ex-Chief Justice Renato Corona received the lion’s share of jeers and insults from the Filipino populace in the duration of his impeachment trial. He was accused of a whole bunch of crimes, the most memorable of which is betrayal of public trust, judging by inaccuracies in his Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN). At the moment when the respondent himself faced the Senate court to address his case, Corona couldn’t help but become sentimental regarding the possibly permanent moral damage inflicted upon him and his family by the Filipino people. He expressed his sadness over how people judge him because of his investments, accusing him of being a “thief,” earning him the moniker “Thief Justice” from wannabe satirists from the masses.

In the end, the nation’s wishes were fulfilled as Corona got convicted and ousted from office. But looking back to the debates that ensued concerning Corona’s moral and legal standing, how did most Filipinos voice out their reasons for condemning Corona? Perhaps you might remember memorable quotes like these:

“Tuta kasi siya ni Arroyo.” (He’s Arroyo’s lapdog.)

“Midnight appointee ni Arroyo.” (He’s Arroyo’s midnight appointee.)

“Marami kasi siyang pera na undeclared, kaya guilty siya at dapat umalis sa pwesto.” (He has a lot of undeclared wealth, so he’s guilty and should be removed from office.)

There is a myriad of attempts to justify Filipinos’ contempt for the ex-Chief Justice, most of which, if not all, have been said again and again, rehashed again and again—with passion. But rarely, if not never, had we seen an actual good argument or position to suspect Corona of betrayal of public trust. If anything, anti-Corona peeps will churn out the old and tiresome rhetoric about Corona being Arroyo’s midnight appointee and whatnot, even though most of them are either lacking in proof, or already debunked.

What’s worse is that some people will just argue based from what they had heard from other people, or from the prosecution panel that combated the Chief Justice (a really terrible source of information). And this is often the case; in the course of Corona’s impeachment, many Filipinos formed their opinions primarily out of what they’ve heard and agreed with it almost instantaneously. It makes you think that, somehow, they must have hated him simply because almost everyone does.

But there is a hate-game that has been around far longer than the one about Corona. This one is very much alive despite the years that have passed, because apparently, people are still hungry for justice. I’m not sure whether there are Filipinos who actually don’t know this, but I am, of course, talking about the intense Filipino hatred towards former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

Oh, just hearing that name will piss many Filipinos off already. Some of them might even say something like “the most corrupt president in the world,” “go to hell, you b*tch,” “I hope she rots in jail,” among others. It would seem that GMA-hate has been deeply ingrained in the lifestyle of Filipinos that it is considered a norm; a standard of living. You’re a Filipino if you hate GMA. Something like that.

And what could aggravate the typical Filipino lifestyle more than this recent event; GMA is now free on bail, thanks to Pasay Regional Trial Court Judge Jesus Mupas. We all sort of expected that after what happened to Corona, GMA’s public persecution is just around the corner, but I admit that I didn’t expect things to turn out this way. This is just too much of a slap in the face of those Filipinos who live the GMA-hate life.

To be succinct, many Filipinos were outraged at this news. The air was filled with shouts calling for GMA’s proverbial head on a pike. Some protesters even attempted to stop GMA as she left the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) after her bail was granted.

Angry protesters tried but failed to stop former President and now Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo from going home Wednesday afternoon after she posted bail.

Wow, talk about angry. Now, one might wonder how people grew to hate her so much to the point of resorting to these kinds of gimmick—stopping a sick old woman from leaving. And then the generic list of GMA’s crimes will be cited once more.

Plunder in the NBN-ZTE anomalous deal

Plunder in the illegal use of PCSO intelligence fund

Plunder in the fertilizer fund scam

Civil suits on human rights violations including extrajudicial killings and torture filed by members of the Morong 43 and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines

Criminal and administrative charges against Arroyo’s henchmen in the military and the police on the account of murder, massacre, kidnapping, illegal arrests, illegal detention, torture and other violation of human rights

Administrative and criminal charges against military, police and other public officials liable in the Hacienda Luisita and Maguindanao massacres

Fraud in the 2004 Elections

Unsurprisingly, President Noynoy Aquino and his cohorts quickly shifted to code red, battle mode, or “let’s volt in” mode (whichever you prefer), and contested Mupas’ ruling, insisting that the evidence against GMA under electoral fraud is not weak.

And what else does not end? The mass hatred towards the former president. What’s interesting, however, is if you ask them what their reasons are for hating GMA. Most of them will recite by the list of GMA’s alleged crimes that supposedly makes her an evil person, as if they memorized the said list by rote. Now, how about you ask them this: where is your proof?

“Huh, what proof are you talking about? It’s all around you!”

“What proof are you talking about? It’s not as if GMA is responsible for everything happening right now. After all, PNoy is now the president.”

And then, an awkward moment of silence.

Most Filipinos are so consumed with hatred towards GMA, that they forget an important part in despising someone: justifying it with facts and rational analysis. Every now and then you see a bunch of folks burning a GMA effigy, calling for her punishment, and a bunch of folks reciting the list of her crimes. But where is the proof? Where is the proof that can be validated by the courts that can ensure GMA’s guilt?

Filipinos learned to hate GMA, and later Corona, mostly on the basis of being trendy (like the way how you tweet in accordance to what’s “trending” on Twitter). It’s in to hate GMA, since many people do. It’s in to persecute Corona, since many people do. We might as well join the bandwagon! I see no other explanation; for how can you passionately hate someone for something he or she did, even when there’s no real evidence that confirms that accusation? The way I see it, this can only happen if people are in it for the trend… for the sake of belonging.

In vernacular, nakikisakay lang ang mga Pilipino.

Perhaps, there is some truth in the cases filed against GMA. Perhaps she is indeed guilty of a crime or two. But can we at least be fair enough to suspend our judgment until the hard facts are out? Or is this how Filipinos view justice? Justice based on gossip and hearsay? Justice based on a hate bandwagon on a national scale?

Boy, we sure have a way of messing virtues up.

3. Because they do not think

Boy, Arche had summed up the apparent bandwagon mentality of the Filipinos. Another obvious problem with obvious solutions. It seems that an ordinary Filipino lack common sense, well most. They will rather use their hearts than their brain.

They disregard rationality so much that even the Media demonises it. We can partly blame the three branches of society for this. The Media keeps showing garbage and nonsense, the clergy keeps preaching outdated dogmas and beliefs and the government tries so hard to hide their incompetence by diverting the attention of the masses against “corrupt” people.

The Filipinos lack substance, you can even clearly point it out by watching Pinoy films. An example of it is the annual Metro Manila Film Festival. Ilda had written an old but a very provocative article about it. It had received a lot of negative comments.

The type of films Filipino filmmakers make reflect the type of people most Filipinos are – people lacking in substance. Just looking at the list of entries for this year’s Manila Film Festival, you can already tell that not a lot of thinking was involved in the process of making them. Even the titles leave nothing to the imagination of the audience. Most of the actors playing the lead roles are the same ones we’ve seen since we were kids or some hot young flavor-of-the-month of one producer or another.

Take the 13th installment of Shake, Rattle and Roll, and ask: What else can people expect to get out of it? Not much, obviously. People are probably watching it for the eye candy. Every year the film features starlets parading and pouting for the camera hoping to look cute enough to win an award. That’s right. Talent in acting is not really a criterion for winning an acting award in the Philippines.

In the case of the film Enteng ng Ina Mo starring Ai Ai delas Alas and Vic Sotto; the actors had nothing to work with in terms of storyline and dialogue. The characters just basically rehashed their roles specifically with Vic playing his Enteng character from the 1980s TV series Okay ka Fairy ko and Ai Ai reprising her winning role in last year’s Tanging Ina Mo. It’s another one of those things in the Philippines we can refer to as scraping the bottom of the barrel. The producers are obviously milking the franchise until it bleeds.

And what about the new Panday 2 movie? First of all, how does Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr find the time to make movies? Isn’t he supposed to be spending more time deliberating policies in the Senate instead of delivering cheesy lines? Aren’t there enough men to take over the role Senator Revilla inherited from the late Fernando Poe Jr? Second, the new Panday movie is being criticized for being a blatant rip-off of the 2010 Hollywood blockbuster remake of Clash of the Titans. All the film needed was Medusa to complete the cast of Perseus’s nemesis. There was nothing special about the “special” effects either.

How do these filmmakers sleep at night knowing that they are not really creating a work of art but just copies of some other people’s work? They are not even making people think; they are not even stirring emotions or provoking people into doing something with their lives; they are not even inspiring young people to aspire for greatness. What they are producing is just stuff you can discard after one use. In short, most Philippine films are a total waste of the people’s time and money.

Films are supposed to be cultural artifacts that reflect our culture and, in turn, affect us and our outlooks towards life. Most films are considered art, for entertainment and a powerful tool for educating — or indoctrinating — society. But nowhere can we find our culture or any significant message of consequence in our films. Films are powerful tools of communicating ideas and who we are as a people. Unfortunately, our films tell us and everyone else that we are shallow and superficial.

It pretty summed up the lack of thinking. We are simply intolerant on it and will prefer to sit back to your version or versions of reality. It is no doubt why our educational standard is so low.

4. Because they cannot think

As early as a young age, most Filipinos are indoctrinated by their parents. The society tolerates the teaching of half truths and lies to your children. They must ingrain the values that their superiors will say.

We can partly blame our family values because they are the ones who have turned us ignorant.  Our conformity to false values had fucked up our society so hard. Chino had written an interesting article about the source of dysfunction of our society. It all started in the family.

We often wonder what went wrong with the Philippines. Why is it that Filipinos, even if they know what’s wrong, continue to do it, even willingly? They go ahead and hit on other women or men even when already married, and fall into petty crime even though they know the jails are overcrowded. Even on things not related to crime, Filipinos fail to practice good common sense and would rather do what they feel.

They still do stupid things like max out their credit cards and feed the whole barangay during a fiesta on borrowed money. Then they complain that life is hard. But why do they still do it?

I’d like to venture a daring proposition: it’s all because of our Filipino family values. They are flawed and cause us to take the path of self-destruction. I will thus make the case that some of our Filipino family values are among the cultural baggage that we need to dispose of.

History

Our cultural values can be traced to the teachings of the friars or prayles of Spanish occupation, who exercised an iron hand over Filipino values then. Whatever they demanded, the people do, or else the people go to hell. But whatever they demanded was not always for the benefit of the people.

We know today how the friars of those days bedded young and pretty maidens (A Cojuangco ancestor helped smuggle these women into friars’ private quarters), giving rise to the many mestizo people among our population. But they also taught people that they should obey authority – even if the authority abuses them. Jose Rizal attacked the teachings of the friars in his books. He knew that the values taught by the friars were meant to contain the Filipino people, preventing development of intelligence and reasoning, keeping the Filipinos in slavery. The friars basically caused the Filipinos to be dependent on them.

Thing is, if the friars are now gone, why are people today still bending to their manipulation? Why are they sticking to the “values” that the friars taught their clueless ancestors? The problem is now with the people themselves, not the friars anymore. They have forgotten that the friars have left.

People are still taught to conform, not just because it is fashionable, but because conformity has been seen as a sign of morality. Somehow, Filipinos have the sense that being “in” is a sign that you are a good and compliant citizen, and “alternative” styles or lifestyles are immoral. They have been deceived that conformity to society is a sign that you are a moral person.

BongV had an excellent exploration of the subject in his article stating that our dominantly authoritarian parenting style tends to produce wimpy children. Now, I felt that there was much more I could add. The basic Filipino family values are based on conformity, and often it is conformity to anything. If you differ, you are considered a disobedient whelp, or sutil. You must conform to the will of your parents, such as dictating the college course you should take; so it you don’t follow, you are sutil.

But not only conformity to supposed values is a problem. Even conformity to culture. Not only will Filipino parents encourage, or even force, their children to obey others blindly. They may even encourage children to follow fads. For example, if they see their children as different from their peers, such as not watching Wowowee like classmates do, for preferring manga art to basketball, the parents will call their children sutil, stupid, disobedient, walang pakisama, selfish, or what abusive word you can think of for children. Parents also do this probably to avoid their children bringing them shame. They may even dictate or criticize the tastes of their children (“this is what you should like,” “rock music is from the devil!”), and thus take away any notion of responsible individual freedom.

One of the most common payo (advice) that parents would give children is, “study well, get a good job and a high salary, so you can buy good appliances and toys for your children.” This seems like a good, harmless adage. But there is a lot of harm in this payo.

Firstly, this reveals the highly consumerist nature of our culture. Filipino families continue to have the dream of upward mobility. But they don’t just want to manifest it; they want to show it. They want to have the latest gadgets, the coolest designer clothes, know the latest songs, watch the latest shows or even travel all over. Same as described above; not being “in” can be seen as a moral lapse.

Also, having all the consumer stuff is seen as a sign that you have worked hard for it. So when you don’t have the consumer stuff, you are seen as not hardworking and morally lapsed. Thus, the people who work hard and don’t spend so much on consumer goods are wrongly accused of being lazy or having no good dreams in life (That’s how some Filipinos see the industrious Filipino-Chinese!).

Another main factor that contributes to it is our somewhat biased history. I had already debunked several biases together with my contemporaries. We had dissected the deep secrets of the Philippine Revolution. Chino had written an article again that suggested educational reform as the way,but first it is very essential to debunk some biases.

To understand this fresh perspective, it is important to debunk a few indoctrinations we have been accustomed to, most importantly that Filipino is a race and secondarily that the idea of nation was already there since the time before Jesus Christ. The idea of nationhood was only born during the French Revolution and it did not rise until the early 1900s that led to the First World War. The world was indeed changing during the 1800s due to the Industrial Revolution. The mindset of people were changing from monarchy to nationalism, of course not without a fight.

These were the times of unrest between reactionaries and liberals, monarchists and republicans, empires and provinces who wanted a country of their own.  Americans were no different from the British by race or language but wanted a country of their own.

In the same way, the Filipinos were no different from the Peninsular Spaniards or Latin Americans by race or language but the Tagalogs, Ilocanos and those who rose in revolt wanted a country of their own. The Spanish Empire had become too large to be a single nation.

At the height of the Spanish empire and as it is today, the provinces of the Philippines including Katagalugan have their share of peninsulares, insulares, mestizos, indios and sangleys. But these groups form a common ground as provinces due to the language that is popularly spoken there.

The Filipino Revolution, the revolt of Manila’s High Society, was far from an Asian insurrection. It was a brainchild, an end result of the revolutions in Europe and America that carved nations out of empires, in our case that of the Spanish Empire.

Some today teach in school history that the Philippines is an example of the success of the power of the masses. Former ambassador, government official and Far Eastern Economic Review writer Rigoberto Tiglao wrote that the power of the masses is a myth. The power of the masses is actually influenced by the elite. As explained in Nick Joaquin’s book A Question of Heroes, the Filipino Revolutions against Spain and against America were doomed to fail because the elite, the ilustrados, who were the real power behind the revolutions (The Cavite and Manila revolutions), buckled at the last moment.

Official history lessons are usually not revisionist. In our case, I believe we adopted the revisionist stance when we took on Agoncillo’s and Zaide’s ideas. Their ideas have led to today’s graduates being fiercely anti-foreign and antiquated in thinking. For example, Agoncillo promotes primitivism. This is the idea that the true Filipino culture is the bahay kubo and the old tribal bahag (loincloth). However, with better historical analysis, the bahay kubo is not unique Filipino culture. The equivalent of the bahay kubo can be found in Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia, which have the same climate and materials as the Philippines. He also seems to hint that all foreigners are harmful and their influences must be purged from the country.

Another erroneous notion is that Jose Rizal supported the indio culture. Not true. Most informed historians know Rizal loved Spanish and European culture, and wanted the indio to be “Hispanized.” Translating it to today’s times, the “Filipino” of today should take on foreign culture. That’s why those who say we should remove all foreign culture and that Rizal wanted this are wrong. Rizal wanted the people of the Philippines to take on foreign culture because it will help bring them up to a higher level and make them better equipped to deal with the world.

Much of what can be termed “Filipino” has foreign influences. For example, many colonial-era houses, using native materials, can be termed uniquely Filipino, despite having obvious foreign influence. Thus, it would be unrealistic to carve a Filipino identity by ridding ourselves of foreign influences. These are as much a part of our culture as the local things.

My proposal is thus to pull out biased textbooks and materials from being “official,” and put in the more balanced works, such as from Alfred McCoy, Nick Joaquin and William Henry Scott. Perhaps there are better works in the offing. But the anti-foreign attitude is the most important thing to remove.

Our history told by historians in their own point of view and our family values have all contributed to the destruction of our society’s remaining intellectualism. Even that I argue over and over about these, what do Filipinos want in the first place? Fallen Angel had written his take on it:

The Filipino desperately declares to the rest of the world that he is the best among the lot, yet the current political, economic, and social states of his country, the mannerisms of his people, and the quality of his thinking prove otherwise.

What does the Filipino want?

The Filipino claims that being a colony for more than 400 years has been like shackles which keep him tied down. Yet now that he is no longer a colony or protectorate, he runs back to his former masters to give his own life definition.

What does the Filipino want?

The Filipino desperately wants the rest of the world to validate that his people and his country are respectable and important, yet when given a chance to step up, he squanders it.

What does the Filipino want?

The Filipino wants certain societal behaviors to be corrected, yet when rules and guidelines are set for him, he cries foul. He cries that his beloved “freedom” is being taken away.

What does the Filipino want?

The Filipino claims he is always a victim of circumstances, yet when he is given a chance to uplift himself to a better condition, he cries victim even harder and refuses to learn his lesson.

What does the Filipino want?

The Filipino wants others to understand him because he is “special”, he is “unique”, and he is Filipino. Yet when asked to understand others, he ignores it and resorts to being judgmental and holier-than-thou.

What does the Filipino want?

The Filipino cries out for change, yet when given suggestions on what needs to be changed, he cries persecution, racism, and lets his balat-sibuyas tendencies take over.

What does the Filipino want?

The Filipino does not like corruption displayed by his public officials, yet he will not hesitate to bend the rules for his own benefit and convenience.

What does the Filipino want?

The Filipino keeps hoping for a better future, yet when asked to plan for it, you will at best get a blank stare and head scratching.

What does the Filipino want?

Finally, the Filipino does not want a politician who has studied extensively; he is afraid that he/she would use his/her intellect to steal from the country’s coffers. Yet currently he is stuck with a whole bunch of mediocre politicians he himself voted into government, and now he finds himself complaining that they are all corrupt and/or incompetent just the same.

What does the Filipino want?

What the Filipino wants, quite simply, is this:

The Filipino wants to have his cake, and eat it too.

The Filipino wants all of the glory, none of the work.

The Filipino wants his life to get better without lifting a finger.

The Filipino wants to be spoon-fed and taken by the hand.

The Filipino wants to be babied and cajoled by the rest of the world.

The Filipino wants the fruit of hard work to fall from the tree into his gaping mouth.

The Filipino wants respect to be handed to him on a silver platter without the need to reciprocate it.

In short, the Filipino is lazy.

Fortunately, it was not too late to change our perceptions about the realities of the current society. I may be ridiculous,  but I think it is the right time and place to question these contradictions. We need to act, I am glad if  even only a small portion of our sane population will propagate this. As said by Fallen Angel:

What does he plan to do about it, you might ask? That’s the problem; he has lived with his laziness so long that he has forgotten what it feels like to get up. He has lived in inhospitable conditions for so long that anything considered merely acceptable in other more developed places is a wonder to him. He has been told, more than once, that it takes discipline, hard work, and sustainable thinking to utilize his environment, his skills, and his resources properly.

The world is changing; Filipinos need to adapt to the ever-changing climate, environment, and times. The time has come for the three-headed dragon of pwede-na-yan, bahala-na, and impunity to lose its heads once and for all.

The Filipino needs to be deconstructed so he can be rebuilt anew, towards a more progressive path.

The Filipino needs to realize that once he changes his attitude, everything else becomes a lot easier.

The Filipino needs to get his act together.

The time to start is now.

It is now the time to move forward to the Information Age. The wealth of nations had already shifted from factories to foreign capital through computer related businesses. It is now the time to embrace progress and globalisation. The Industrial Age was over. Nationalism and Communism were both dead.

Filipinos, it is the time to wake up! Unless we refuse to progress, we will remain the Sick Man of Asia and still a Poor Stupid Juan. We are all guilty for the apparent state of our country.

Do not be afraid of the horde. Fight for your right to be heard, fight for your right to be rational, fight for your right to be free! Keep calm and carry on, be patient. Changes does not occur over night. As I sing a line from the most recognisable song from Les Miserables:

Do you hear the people sing?
Singing a song of angry men?
It is the music of a people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!

I see you guys on my next article. I will play an awesome rock song alongside with the Les Miserables theme. If you oppose me, do you want to be Juan Tamad forever?

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