On Bitterness: A Monologue

Okay I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the article that praises the Philippines with a lot of “I love the Philippines…” because of its allegedly “good” traits. This is going to be very similar to that.

After reading some of the comments on my latest articles, I can’t help but notice the people who keep insisting that I and many of the other writers here at GRP are bitter. Well, here’s the deal. I don’t know about all the other writers here but I for one am willing to admit that yes, I am a very bitter person.

That’s right, now that you’ve heard that, I am pretty sure that a lot of you are also wondering as to why I am bitter. Well then, that’s the kicker, isn’t it? Well then, this is why I’m writing this in the first place. And before I go on, let’s make something perfectly clear here:

  • NO, I am not saying that you should be bitter too. This is just my own opinion after all. If anything, you can compare me to Grumpy Bear of the Care Bears, Eeyore of Winnie the Pooh or, alternatively, The Man in Black in the song of the same name by Johnny Cash. You don’t need to imitate me or my sentiments. I am, at the end of it all, just get very easily depressed.
  • NO, I am not saying that you should agree with everything I say. As I’ve said many times before, I am willing to tolerate opposing arguments as long as you too are willing to think the details through and formulate your own opinion or argument with sound judgement.
  • NO, I am not putting you or anyone else down with my articles. This is not about negativity ladies and gentlemen, this is about realism. This is about accepting the harsh realities of our island country so we can face them and somehow change it all for the better.

Okay now, without further ado:

I am bitter because we are, essentially, a “slave race”…

democracyLook guys, the government and media can praise our OFW’s all they want. They can shove in our faces that what they do is noble and a big help to the country. However, let me tell you something else. Something they wouldn’t dare give voice to.

Our OFW’s are all too often stuck with menial jobs abroad. Jobs that the citizens of a given country are too lazy, proud or careless to even care about. The money they earn might be sizeable here but from where they usually work, it isn’t even worth as much as that of a local employee.

Okay, I will agree that there’s nothing wrong with what they do. Working abroad and earning good money to afford a good future for your children and loved ones is indeed a noble cause. However, I have always wondered why can’t our countrymen find equally rewarding jobs here in the Philippines? Why do they need to go to other countries where the laws are all too unreasonable and be forced to do unpleasant or outright dangerous jobs? Why can’t they just work here with their families and have a stable occupation that can promise them and their children a bright future?

The answer is simple: The oligarchs that run the country won’t let them. After all, these same oligarchs are taking down two birds with one stone. They severely beat back against foreign competition (that could probably lay their businesses to waste) and they also gain a considerable amount of money from the cuts they make from the OFW’s hard work. In the end, the rich become richer and the poor become poorer.

The common OFW will probably be forced to work his ass off in the Middle East where he will be occasionally harassed by his employer and be forced to do stuff that will likely be very hard, disgusting, tedious or (as usual) a mix of all three. If he ever gets home (if he isn’t executed and comes home in a box) he will probably be forced to put his kids through the same thing just so they can support the retired OFW’s grandchildren.

I am bitter because the Philippines is “anti-intellectual”…

The Philippines is already known for its rather feudal age mindset what with the Church still being married to the State and our politicians being treated like royalty and our common citizens being treated like dumb peasants. When somebody somewhere (may someone like Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago) rises up with a good plan for the country’s future, just about everyone looks at them with that ever-annoying glassy stare as if they just mentioned Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

Let’s put things in perspective, throughout history and in almost every other culture, knowledge has and always has been considered a precious resource. However here, people constantly clamor words like: “Ang dami mong alam!” As if being intelligent or wise is some kind of curse. It’s like we always refuse to know even though knowing  the truth (while sometimes painful) will set us free.

No, I’m not even a smart guy now that I have time to think about it, contrary to what you may think. In fact, I am willing to admit that I was a huge under-achiever in my days at a student. But then damn it, why do we even put our kids through school if we’re going to tell them: “Ang dami mong alam!”

If we’re going to keep electing movie stars, singers, athletes and people who claim they’re some kind of saint, why do we even send kids to school at all? Why make them intelligent when intelligence in the Philippines is ultimately degraded and insulted as if it were some kind of embarrassing disease?

I am bitter because we always miss the point…

Well, here’s this article and this one. Please, if you have the time, read the articles from beginning to end. Now, after that, look at the comments both here and on our FB page. Now tell me, how many people actually bothered to read the articles before commenting?

These are just two examples of what I’m talking about. Here are some more:

We scream bloody murder when someone like Vhong Navarro gets beat up (which is still sad by the way) but brush off the murders of innocent people like the kid who was raped and left to rot in a sewer pipe because she wasn’t famous. About a few years ago, I remember when a lot of people got worked up when Katrina Halili was involved in a scandal (which is also sad) but couldn’t care less about Mei Magsino today who was just trying to do her job as a journalist but was murdered for trying to tell the truth. Then, we all got riled up when a woman was allegedly raped (probably a scam) by an American marine and quickly followed a few years later by a transvestite prostitute who was murdered by another American marine (despite the fact that said transvestite prostitute was a rather shady fellow with some questionable records that were never mentioned), but very few of us are willing to make a stand against China taking some of our home islands and our own president selling Mindanao out to terrorists through the BBL.

So yeah, I think the examples speak for themselves. I don’t think I need to elaborate further.

Please people, it’s 2015. Let’s put an end to the nightmare of poverty and corruption in our country together. Time for all of us to wake up.

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Impractical Joker
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Let me tell you something,brother: Balanse ang mundo. Hindi lahat ng bagay ay aayon sa kagustuhan mo. Palaging may kompromiso sa ayaw at sa gusto mo. Yes,people here are leaving for “greener pastures” abroad. But,please,don’t berate most of them by saying they have menial jobs and such. Most of our compatriots who chose to leave aren’t all blue-collared or unskilled types. Yes,it’s true that oligarchs rule this country but don’t you forget that discrimination towards our people are also rampant overseas in any kind of profession which does not make it any better. I know Pinoys who are actually good… Read more »
domo
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About your first lines: oh jeez it’s the “joining the bandwagon of some other country’s sins” justification excuse. Don’t you have anything new to discuss instead of that old spiel? Balanse ang mundo kamo? So you prefer that one country must always suffer like hell like the Philippines and syria? And no I’m not saying that we must be all perfect people. Everyone in the whole world are corrupt yes. It’s how you minimize it that matters.

oldbread
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commenting as a foreigner 1.it’s not you, filipinos are generally melodramatic , just not to outsiders. the “bitterness” is part of that it’s like why the honkies are deemed mercenary, the taiwanese insincere, singaporeans emotionless ——————————————- 2. the following is melodramatic and a very good example NO, I am not saying that you should be bitter too. This is just my own opinion after all. If anything, you can compare me to Grumpy Bear of the Care Bears, Eeyore of Winnie the Pooh or, alternatively, The Man in Black in the song of the same name by Johnny Cash. You… Read more »
tomas
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“not just you, the entire site has been that way…” but of course. if people come here expecting the same BS mainstream media is spouting about the “much-maligned” pinoy then people are in the wrong site. that’s the confounding thing about most visitors’ complaints in this site since this started. there are plenty of feelgood alternatives out there and this is simply a minority. if people just take the time to read the mission statement of grp, all these futile demands for so-called “supportive and patriotic” sentiments and articles would be put to rest. we already have an overdose of… Read more »
nagtatanong_lang
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“quite frankly bashing people and criticising their faults is anti intellectual” then again maybe that is what is needed to wake us up from the state of stupor we are in. wallowing in shit and loving it. anti-intellectual? not by a long shot. not when the so called intellectuals are the ones who are blind to what is going on around them and most do not even give a damn. just a bunch of NIMBY’s who think they are doing great because nobody is telling them they are actually getting it in the behind. the truth hurts and when it… Read more »
benign0
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What is there about the “candidates” to “analyse”? There’s nothing much to work with, actually.

Any suggestions?

Add
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@oldbread Thanks for taking the time. It is always interesting to see a comment from the outside looking in. There has to be a unique lesson from it. 1. “.. melodramatic.” You are not the first one who said this. And I have always wondered why we are so. Is it because of our colonial past? Or, is it because of our mixing religion with superstition? Is there an advantage in being more secular? Or, is it because we are people of islands as opposed to people of continents? Is this the reason why we tend to be myopic, always… Read more »
DR
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agree with all except Miriam is just another useless windbag.

Carlo
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Here’s my take on this Grimwald,

You, like the rest of the writers of GRP are all bitter because all of you placed almighty standards on to our country and its people which we cannot attain at the moment and end up really disillusioned and disappointed and start blaming everyone and rant about the Philippines being the worst civilization to ever exist on mankind. GRP is not promoting realism but cynicism. You can insist all you like but this is how I see it.

No Excuses
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I believe having a high standard is good. If people will settle for less then that’s all they’ll get (and as we can see we’ve been receiving that for decades now because people refuse to up their standard). If people will turn a blind eye for people’s mistakes and poor performances then they won’t care to improve (you only have to look around you to see the result of people not wanting to improve). Take away its people the Philippines will stand out because it’s a really rich and beautiful 7100+islands surrounded by bodies of water. But we’re all here… Read more »
Carlo
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Having a high standard is good but it should be realistic and attainable. You cannot expect the Philippines to become a superpower like the US and China for the next 5 years ala ‘The Great Leap Forward’. We have to play by the numbers and do it step by step.

No Excuses
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The first step would be addressing the main problems in the country, isn’t it? And we’re not moving forward from there because people refuse to see that they are part of those problems.

Suaerkraut
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Carlo, here’s the thing. If one does not set high standards upon oneself and continuously increases those standards, then one becomes complacent with one’s own circumstances and lack of achievements compared to others. I don’t believe GRP writers are bitter per se, they are just calling things the way they are, and it is refreshing to see that there are Pinoys that don’t “bury their heads in the sand” but see things for what they really are. To say “which we cannot attain at the moment” is mediocre and is adding to the problem mate. Why not aspire to be… Read more »
Carlo
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My statement on “which we cannot attain at the moment” does not mean mediocrity. It means we should know how to set our goals right. You cannot ask a 3 year old child to write an essay when he/she is still learning how to read and write. I’m more of a left-brain person and I believe we should approach our problems scientifically and set our goals in order. Bill Gates didn’t thought himself on becoming the world’s richest man right away when he founded Microsoft. He just wanted to get a job on a company that makes computers and calculators.… Read more »
Dale
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Before you can address any problem you first need to know that there is a problem. I personally think GRP is giving you the picture that there is a really big problem in our country, it could look like Filipino bashing/hate but ain’t it all true what they say in their articles?

d_forsaken
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Bitterness is like drinking rat poison and waiting for the rat to die. That’s how Failipinos and the Failippines are, and will be like forever.

Unless one bastard will do multiple nuclear strikes on this country, make it uninhabitable for centuries, and send it back to the Stone Age.

01Hayden00022Toro
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OMG, Grimwald, the Philippines is somewhat a “hopeless case”, the economic basket case of Asia. The government is Feudal Oligarchy; and its people earn their livelihood as OFW (I am one of them)…there are no jobs, because all those politicians do after being elected, is to give a good “political zarzuela” show. Aquino, the mentally retarded and mentally depressed President is selling us to the MILF/Al Queda/ISIS; like his grandfather, Benigno Aquino, Sr. , sold us to the Japanese Militarists.

Irineo B. R. Salazar
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Guys I get your points. Philippines is often anti-intellectual and many miss the point.

What I am trying to do in my new blog is to get those together who do get the point and do think to gather some ideas that might help. Would be interesting to hear your take on some stuff like for example the national language issue and different alternatives:

http://filipinogerman.blogsport.eu/identification-communication-learning/

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