In the wake of Manny Pacquiao’s defeat at the fists and quick footwork of Floyd Mayweather, I find myself cringing at the reaction of so many Pinoys who can’t seem to accept our champion’s defeat. Instead of simply coming to terms with how the fight ended, countless spectators insist that Manny was cheated, injured or that there had been a backroom deal with the Las Vegas judges that allowed for Floyd’s victory. Sadly, this kind of reaction is all too common among a lot of Pinoys and I can attest that we’re going to have to listen to the rants of similar people for weeks to come.
But okay, on with my point. The rabid reaction of the masses can be traced back to an all too simple idea: Pacman is their hero and Mayweather is some kind of demon in the flesh. Instead of seeing it as a simple boxing match, many typical Pinoys see the fight as a battle between good and evil even if that can’t be further from the truth. The same can be said with how many Pinoys simply saw the EDSA Revolution as a battle between good and evil, casting Cory Aquino and her supporters as freedom-fighters championing the rights of the people and putting Ferdinand Marcos in the role of a villainous tyrant who has essentially enslaved his own people.
See, I think the problem of most Filipinos isn’t with who they put in charge of the country, I think it’s in how they see who they put in charge of the country. Instead of seeing their elected leaders as simple, public servants whose first task is to look after their own people, they prefer to live in a kind of fantasy where their chosen candidate is some kind of hero or champion of God who will somehow solve all their problems. This article is essentially an expansion of one of my previous articles and this other one here by Benign0.
We, as a people, are almost always looking for heroes to save us instead of considering our options and becoming our own heroes. Don’t believe me? Well, here are my points:
We Are Always Looking For Free Stuff
I used to watch an anime called Blood+ which was about modern vampires fighting across the major cities of the world. Anyway, in the show itself, there were these two extra characters who almost always showed up whenever there was free food. It almost didn’t matter where the protagonists were at the time. As long as there was a barbecue, picnic or any kind of party where there was free food, these two guys would almost always be there.
While we watched a friend of mine even said: “Hey, it’s those two guys? Those guys must be Filipinos because there’s always there when there’s free food!” I look back on it now and I can’t disagree with the fact that this is how most Filipinos behave.
Take for instance the troubles with the Binay family in Manila. Whenever the Binays suddenly experience a bout of unpopularity, all they really have to do is make a few dole-outs and present some free services to gain instant supporters among the masses. I mean sure, I suppose everyone likes free stuff (I do too, actually), but choosing to support someone politically just because they give you free stuff is similar to how a dog is good to just about anyone who feeds it, regardless of that person’s intentions for the dog (who might actually want to eat the dog).
Sadly, because of the typical Pinoy mindset, this kind of tactic works all too well for some people. For a measly 500 pesos, many Filipinos will willingly sell their votes, dooming their nation and their countrymen to further poverty, corruption and general misery.
We Are Looking For Someone Who Will Solve ALL Our Problems
Again, this has to do with the “hero complex” common Pinoys are almost always looking for. In my previous articles about Manny Pacquiao, there have been many arguments about Pacquiao being an inspiration to Filipinos but there is still the glaring issue that, despite the inspiration Pacquiao gives to the Filipino people, many of them are still too lazy, greedy and vain to make any self-improvements on their part. So, instead of looking for a leader who will guide us to the correct path where we can finally prosper as a people, most of us are essentially looking for someone who will take care of all their problems.
Take for instance the problem with garbage in places in Manila. Instead of taking responsibility for their property and disposing of their trash properly, they do like they always do, irresponsibly throwing refuse here and there. Then, when the rains come and their area gets flooded, they blame the government who they claim isn’t doing the right thing because it is the government, not the people themselves, who are responsible for the people’s garbage.
Like the dumb peasants of a Medieval period piece, common Pinoys are looking for the Knight in Shining Armor who will save them from their troubles. It never even occurs to them that they can be the heroes of their own story and that leadership is essentially useless when no one wants to obey the rules.
We Aren’t Good With Responsibility And Accountability
Sadly, this goes hand in hand with the first two statements above. The thing is, as I’ve said before, most Pinoys (especially the masses) tend to be too immature to face facts as they are. Like children, they will always insist they are right even when they clearly aren’t and then throw a tantrum when it’s clear that they can’t win.
In the mega-fight, I hear countless people complaining that the match was “set-up” even though the tactics Mayweather used have been used by Pacquiao and many other boxers throughout history. But then, suppose the reverse was done with the fight staged in the Philippines and Pacquiao winning with Mayweather’s tactics, how would majority of Pinoys react when Americans and other supporters of Mayweather would accuse Pacquiao and the Philippines of cheating.
Indeed, whenever we are caught in the act, most of us just throw a tantrum or use the victim card. Few ever really consider their own actions and accept responsibility for their crimes.
While Pacquiao may be lauded as a hero, I think that we can all be heroes in our own small way. Unfortunately, not many are aware of this. Many forget that a Knight in Shining Armor is just someone wearing polished plates of metal and that anyone can be a Knight in Shining Armor if they choose to be so.
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