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Da Pinoy Chronicle: Anti-Intellectualism is More Fun in The Philippines

You know guys, I am so pissed of at these kinds of news. Before I can continue my criticism, thank you Dep Ed for destroying the society of the Philippines. It is only a matter of time before the people themselves will destroy the few remaining intellectual foundations our country. In this article, Dep Ed had already removed Science from Grade 1 to Grade 2 as part of its K-12 program.

Seriously, what the hell are they smoking cocaine? It’s just like the news about the DOT earlier. I actually support the less teaching of Tagalog and the complete removal of religion classes. It will only breed a class of deluded nationalists and bible fundamentalist hypocrites. This is a step backward for Dep Ed and the Philippine society in general.

Only in the Philippines that the word “philosopher” can be used to insult somebody. Other countries will not use that word to insult somebody. It brings us another question: Do most Filipinos hate rationality and logical reasoning so much? There is no doubt why the Philippines is the most emotional country on Earth. Most of the aspects of our society are governed by passion than reason.

Take a look on our elections. We can clearly see that most politicians have no substance or even competence to govern their subjects. It partly contributes to widespread corruption. Incompetence breeds corruption. Another example is our frequent fascination with television dramas or game shows which contribute nothing but the sheer stupidity of how our society has become.

There is no doubt our attitude towards education is also outdated. Our society is also a contradiction of itself. We are socially conservative but culturally liberal. The local clergy are okay with the dancing women in game shows but very hostile on topics like secularism and reproductive health.

All of it are the products of the current education. Our history books are continuously falsified to fit on their ideological biases. They are always inventing historical fantasies to satisfy their delusions. For example, the Code of Kalantiaw was a hoax but it is still taught in history classes.

Jose Rizal did not even written anything in support of the Tagalog language. “Sa Aking Mga Kabata” was a hoax. It was made to satisfy the interests of the deluded nationalists who are also spearheading the Maharlika concept, similar to Nazi Germany’s “Aryan Race”. Even Communists here have these similar ideologies.

The current version of our history and its facts are falsified. No doubt why several students hold anti foreign views and the apparent jingoistic pride of the nation refusing to open our borders to invest because of the outdated fear of neocolonialism. Filipinos are also easily hurt by criticisms by intellectuals and the foreigners about the contradictions and ironies of our country. In fact, they always want a public apology. If most of us can only think rationally, we will not be here on this stage. They are judging a statement by its cover not by its contents most of the time.

Idiocracy is the current government and conformity the supreme law of the land. You are criticised if you hold “Western” views about the current state of the Philippines. They have no tolerance for intellectuals. How can we expect the future generations to move forward?

They had removed Science in a very crucial stage of the development of a child. The child’s mind has several questions about reality. Most Filipinos are giving half truths and complete lies in order for the children not to see how miserable our country has become.

It’s important at a young age to teach a child to develop his skills in arithmetic, critical thinking, the English language, music, sports, history, science and even his mother tongue not the current national language that the government is forcing upon their throats.

We can also see the anti-intellectualism of our society on outrage fads. When we hear about GMA and Marcos, we will quickly jump to conclusions that they are evil etc. etc. In GMA’s case, there is a lot to be proven because most of the accusations are fabricated and sensationalised. We are a fan of sensationalism like the impeachment trial.

While the current government and its supporters are enjoying themselves about the current statistics of progress, the clergy in a desperate attempt to protect their dogma, the media in an attempt to manipulate opinion and the people riding along these three scums, the education system is falling below the bottom of the barrel.

The people might even boast our literacy rate. But a literacy rate is not proportional to a number of the ones who can understand the concepts. An average Filipino can read and write, but they treat the former as a chore rather than a pleasure. The Philippines is not a society of readers. In fact, there is a difference of owning a book and reading it.

You can clearly see that an average Filipino will be amazed with a person that has a sheer quantity of books in his or her library. It clearly explains that our society will always be an anti intellectual one. The United States is also an example of it since the rise of popular culture that can influence the minds of its citizens.

I always wonder why Juan repeats the same things over again and expecting a different result. Isn’t that called insanity? Fortunately, the Philippines is not an insane society of fanatics, but a society of mostly stupid and uninformed people. It chooses no classes. It is like a cancer that will destroy our society from within.

As long as Juan will keep his mindset over and over again, he will not move forward. As long as most of us still believed the outdated ideologies of the past, we will refuse changes blindly. Pride is nothing but an illusion. Race is a construct of illusions. There is no Filipino race, but rather the human species is one.

While the rest of the world are marching towards the Information Age of globalisation and the Internet, most of us refuse to carry on the march of time. It is true that we are a regional power in the Industrial Era because of our industries, but because of the fall of the trade barriers in the 1990’s, our once lucrative industries declined. Now some of us are crying to bring back the trade barriers.

The wealth of nations had already shifted from factory production in the industries to foreign capital based from internet and computer related businesses. It is the time to reconsider the current path we are taking. It is the time to modify our destiny. We will not let our destiny to be handed to God, we create it.

A higher being may guide us but we must work hard to become successful. I shall declare that the Philippine Revolution be revived, not a revolution in a violent sense but a revolution to change our path for a better future.

I am not too optimistic but I still believe that there is a slim chance of hope in our miserable land. It is not entirely hopeless, we only need patience and a strong will to promote our ideals for the betterment of our future. The future of our country is currently hanging by a thread. It is a matter of time before the thread will be cut and our country will experience the collapse and destruction if no one will dare to take action and words.

What is the use of democracy if the people constantly use their heart than their minds? It only creates a new form of tyranny where emotions overruled the rational process of the mind. Do you want the future generations to be worse than us today? Are you contented of being a Poor Stupid Juan?

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3 comments on “Da Pinoy Chronicle: Anti-Intellectualism is More Fun in The Philippines

  1. Choly Mae
    September 17, 2013

    Thanks so much for this post! My dad and I have just been discussing this topic over while he was reviewing his friend’s paper here in Australia. He brought the subject up because the thesis was so poorly written- cutting and pasting through quotes and ideas without even explaining what she understood from her business course (and she’s doing this for her Master’s!).

    And here in Australian universities, you can’t get away with plagiarism. Students here have to demonstrate their ideas by paraphrasing what they’ve learned from their lectures and readings. Whereas in the Philippines, everyone is just so dumbed down! You can cut and paste in what academic authors write, compile them in together- and that already constitutes as YOUR paper!

    Even though I’m not a great essay writer, I’ve learned a lot by not resorting to this backwards mentality. You’re also right about the majority always resorting to emotional outrage when somebody points out to them the core of the problem. My dad used to teach in a university in Cebu, and he told me that even though most of these so-called educators advocate academic freedom, they actually never demonstrate this at all. When someone presents a dissenting view however reasonably and rationally written, they get low grades or threaten you with something far worse than that.

    I feel just horrible for the millions still in the Philippines- in the dark with a lot of things.

  2. pin
    September 30, 2013

    Absolutely enthralling, I commend you for your unorthodox ideals. Although atheists are becoming more commonplace in the Philippines, I’ve yet to meet a person who is both an Atheist (used in the broadest sense) and an anti-nationalist.
    Although I am unsure if you are an anti-nationalist or not (maybe not), I’d have to commend you though for dissecting commonplace nationalism as opposed to those who blindly believe it.

    ->”I actually support the less teaching of Tagalog and the complete removal of religion classes. ”

    I have the same exact thoughts as you regarding this one. Unfortunately, our country is riddled with pseudo-intellectual nationalists who preach nationalism through flat rhetoric that appeal to plebeians. I can only feel sorry for people who seriously think that RIzal’s commentary “Ang hindi mag mahal sa sariling wika ay higit pa sa malansang isa” applies to the present day, the statement was years and years ago. To add to that, nationalism at their time was virtually inevitable. While I do not hate Tagalog, I do NOT love it either. It’s to be noted that people who staunchly advocate sheer Tagalog are culturally biased and leaning towards jingoism.

    The teaching of religion (sadly, not even Theology, they actually teach Religion) is completely unfounded, biased and stupid. To add to that, it has to be riddled with Catholic doctrines. I wonder what kind of stupid educators actually coerce people who attend public schools to learn that horde of crap. Public schools are intrinsically secular no matter what kind of country it’s in, here come educators who coerce students to learn about religion. And it’s not just religion, it’s “Catholic” (although unspoken).
    They are on the assumption that the populous inherently and unconditionally believes in a God, they do not respect the possibility that a person who does NOT believe in a God would exist, but they’d proceed to teach religion anyway.

    If they don’t teach religion, they teach about stupid cliched morals still salted with largely fundamentalist Catholic doctrines albeit occasionally mixing in modern thought (although from the fruits of the labors of Enlightenment Freethinkers)
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    It is indeed odd that the government consists primarily of overt anti-intellectualists or if not – downright idiots. Well, it partly comes as no surprise since even Bong Revilla (who pocketed an amount of nearly 1 billion , I think) qualifies as a government official. In general, it’s ridiculous to qualify artists/actors for critical government seats, it’s the foremost example of “heart over mind” as they usually state that it is not their talent that matters, but rather the desire to serve and their trust in “God”. Only to find out that one day into their term, they find themselves in the same light as the politicians they hated when they were kids, being unable to resist the glare of moeny. It should at least be a minimum requirement that high gov’t officials be college educated.
    ——–
    ->”The current version of our history and its facts are falsified. No doubt why several students hold anti foreign views and the apparent jingoistic pride of the nation refusing to open our borders to invest because of the outdated fear of neocolonialism. Filipinos are also easily hurt by criticisms by intellectuals and the foreigners about the contradictions and ironies of our country. In fact, they always want a public apology. If most of us can only think rationally, we will not be here on this stage. They are judging a statement by its cover not by its contents most of the time.”

    Again, I agree with you. It completely annoys me when Filipinos get over-emotional with a meager negative comment. It’s like they haven’t evolved. If I were them, I’d rather dissect these negative comments to see if they hold water and I’d improve myself accordingly.
    The outdated fear of neocolonialism is borne out of insecurity.

    BTW, we’ve had a rather interesting dispute recently – China vs Philippines’ territorial dispute. Well, it’s just sad that probably more than 99% of Filipinos would side with their country solely because they belong to it, a clear example of selfishness and a lack of objectivity. Conversely, China does the same, holding Filipinos in hostility and flaunting jingoism.
    This is where Statistics lays bare the truth.
    Clearly, both sides CANNOT be right, yet both sides arrogantly assume that they are right. A testament to the pernicious workings of herd mentality and mass media brainwashing, not to mention cherry picking.
    If both sides were to objectively evaluate the facts, the results should be around 50% Agree and 50% Disagree according ot probability, Around 60-40 would be acceptable, but 99-1 is just… ridiculous.
    Over the past weeks and months, I’ve had the experience of reading Yahoo comments, and whenever the Chinese are involved, and something terrible happens to them, stupid Filipinos express delight to their suffering (and some of these are really terrible sufferings). I can only feel contempt for those who express joy in seeing someone suffering for the sole reason of unfounded nationalism, it makes me feel disgust that I breathe the same air as him.

    It’s also to be noted that Filipinos love to bask in reflected glory (as I learned in Psychology), i.e., taking pride in the achievements of Filipinos and rubbing it on the faces of those who don’t give a fuck.

    “As long as Juan will keep his mindset over and over again, he will not move forward. As long as most of us still believed the outdated ideologies of the past, we will refuse changes blindly. Pride is nothing but an illusion. Race is a construct of illusions. There is no Filipino race, but rather the human species is one.”

    Oh, after reading this one, I’m inclined to think that you’re also an anti-nationalist like me, or to use its euphemism – “World Citizen”.

    “We will not let our destiny to be handed to God, we create it.”

    Regarding this, it fills me with utter contempt that a large majority of Filipinos actually believe that in analogy of the Bible, the Philippines would one day grow through its righteousness and Godliness, and the atheistic countries such as the 5 Asian Tigers and Europe in general are to be punished by God. I mean… what the actual fuck. Such thinking is riddled with irony and hypocrisy.
    Even if taken from the context on the religious, they (or the Philippines) do (does) not deserve any kind of special treatment from a supernatural being. The Bible tells tales of civilizations who rewarded as a result of believing in God and being morally upright, Filipinos only do the former but a terribly bad job at the latter.
    When such thoughts are easily debunked even when argued internally (from their context), you know there’s something terribly wrong with those people, it’s like they only foster ideas that they think benefit them, and mostly only them.

  3. Slye Joy Serrano
    October 19, 2013

    You are correct almost about everything. But I would have to disagree on some. Nonetheless, great message! šŸ™‚

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