Filipinos would rather be butthurt about the past than gung-ho about the future

The intellectual DNA of Philippine society is flawed at its most fundamental level. The trouble with the approach to thinking in the Philippines is, more often than not, this activity is retrospective rather than prospective in nature.

The word BUTTHURT encapsulates that society-wide malaise. And the sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of Philippine President Benigno Simeon ‘BS’ Aquino III, in turn, seminally illustrates that national condition. The presidential speech, rather than rally Filipinos to reach for the stars, focuses instead on reassuring them that they remain “special” and “blessed” despite the reality of their failure to prosper as a people.


President BS Aquino’s SONA is, thankfully, the last instalment in a series of speeches that nurses the country-wide victim mentality of the Philippines and the narcissism of the leader Filipinos gleefully selected in 2010. The thinking behind it prevailed like a stubborn rash over the entirety of the five years of this administration. Its worst impact was in continuing the tired Filipino tradition of constantly whining about perceived wrongs committed against “the Filipino” in the past — colonialism and imperialism, the bald “injustices” perpetrated by the dynasties and oligarchies they routinely tolerate, the “national interests” of the foreign powers they deal with.

Boo hoo hoo…

But, see, the simple fact of life from the micro up to the macro level is quite simple: The best revenge is success.

If the neighbourhood toughie beats the shit out of you, you move on, get your PhD in Machine Learning, get that $200,000 a year job at Google then later come back to your home town and HIRE him to clean your toilet. Win-win, right?

Indeed, that is exactly what the taho and balut vendors did. The behos that used to hawk the snacks of our childhood on foot from dawn to dusk are now looked to by their former tormentors for “much-needed” employment. Worse, by applying that all-too-familiar brand of “logic” held on to by people blinkered by their loser mentality, Filipinos have convinced themselves that the employment today’s Tai Pans provide is an entitlement rather than something earned.

Notwithstanding that, there are still tens of millions of Filipinos beavering away happily in the warm embrace of the jobs sustained by the capital created by certain sectors of society who succeeded despite their social disadvantages in the past.

Indeed, the Philippines is beset by many disadvantages. But rather than see those disadvantages as mere challenges Filipinos have regarded them as excuses to fail. And rather than encourage Filipinos to see things differently, President BS Aquino encouraged Filipinos to continue their fatal embrace with the comfy and the familiar warmth of their national delusion. Leaving an entire country still mired in its loser mentality is not the legacy of a good leader. It is the legacy of a con man.


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Robert Haighton
(thinking out loud here and now) So basically everybody is paralyzing everybody instead of saying “enough is enough”? I would think all it takes is just one pioneer and the rest (the herd/flock) will follow that pioneer. So what do all those GRP commenters here do? Are they the so needed pioneers or is it just talk (when they comment here)? I really have no idea and no clue how many people are registered GRP followers/readers but for sure that group must have a pioneer somewhere and cause some change. So whats holding them back? Why dont they come forward… Read more »
Dare to Be When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully. When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light. When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it. When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway. When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back. When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some. When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going. When times are tough, dare to be tougher. When love hurts you, dare to love again. When someone is hurting, dare to help them… Read more »

I find the Filipino mindset, more of a “victim mentality”…Most Filipinos ran away from challenges. If difficulties are on their paths; and they fail; and cannot deal with it: it is God’s will that they fail. Culture and Religion have something to do with it. They are also superstitious. Like, if they find “Yellow butterflies” flying near Aquino. His mother , is that butterfly, guiding Aquino to do the right way.

It is dumb, and is totally ridiculous, how these people think.

LVM Malana
What will inspire Pinoys to work toward the future is if they can start producing excellent products or doing good jobs, or they find themselves deciding on simple to important matters that they don’t need to rely on other people like their leaders to do things for them. They can if they knew ethics and their skills and knowledge are developed. But at present where the culture is corrupted with mediocre mindset, the power-that-be need to arrive to a way that will pull them up. Why not instead of 4Ps, have a community learning centers, teaching basic to advance learning… Read more »
All the comments I see here are way off the point of the subject mentioned above . With all those intellectuals analysis and assessment you guys have said….I will only give you one assessment and this is the fact and I myself was the results of this…..what is lacking in the Philippines are creation of good paying jobsssss, and the people will change. That is guaranteed…..Filipinos is America or in other countries that has good paying jobs….did they change their culture …..?????. Some do and some don’t,….but our lives changed for the better we are happy just having a good… Read more »

Jobs are created by industries, like :automotive, defense, electronics, etc…

In automotive industry alone; there are more than ten thousand parts of a car. Each part produces a manufacturer, which hires people to manufacture the parts.

Same as in defense, electronics, and other industries. We are too dependent on foreign jobs…low paying menial jobs…or labor intensive jobs.
Most industries are going Robotic now; which will make these jobs obsolete. Even the service industry, which the OFW is dependent can go robotic.

This is the problem. Our leaders have no solution. All they do is “political zarzuela”…


I do not believe that Innovativeness is the Monopoly of any race, country or ethnicity.

I have worked with different nationalities, skin color, creed, etc…each has something to contribute. Human beings are human beings. Each is unique and is loaded with talent, intelligence, etc…we are just mislead by our leaders, who cares nothing but themselves.