Would you ever go watch a movie that didn’t have a villain? Likely not. In fact, we often glorify good villains – those who excel at being bad. Would box-office hits rake in their millions without the likes of the Joker, Darth Vader, and Cobra? Would there be heroes without the resilient antagonist that brings out the best in the lead-character’s character and portray the essence of transcendental virtues like bravery, sacrifice and love?
Welcome to the Philippines, where we guarantee your “more fun” experience. It’s more fun because things you never experienced in the first world or even imagined could ever happen in your life unfold before your very eyes like living out a scene in your favorite action or drama film. It’s where there’s that delightfully mysterious blur between real and reel reality.
Part of that fun is made real by the presence of “necessary” evil. Yes, ironically it’s more fun because there’s more crime in this country. Let’s look into more detail why criminals are “needed” in the Philippines?
1. Criminals Make Paramount the Need for a Hero of the Masses – President Rodrigo Duterte
Yeah, the Punisher, the thug of the South, barrels his way into the national scene like a superhero riding on a Harley with guns blazing to pulverize criminals and drug lords all over these forsaken badlands. What a fantastic way to see our new president!
Without criminals and corrupt officials, there would be no need for a “tang inis”-cussing, zero-tolerance dictatorial strongman at the highest post of the land hell-bent on kicking ass to defend the helpless. Duterte has just the kind of persona that inspires every Filipino to live up to the “Du30” brand, which symbolizes toughness, integrity and no-nonsense leadership.
2. Criminals Provide Media Interesting Topics and Themes
What if there was no ISIS-inspired ASG out in the jungles executing hapless foreign visitors who fail to pay for their “board and lodging”? I guess there would be nothing much to put on front-page news but lame-duck articles like “Leni chooses stylish dress for first day in office” – what a bore! People these days want to see live action for raw entertainment. Hearing news of all the brutal killings and senseless deaths all around just makes people’s sick sadistic blood-thirsty minds tickled while drinking their morning coffee.
Man has never really evolved much beyond the days of gladiators fighting to the death in Roman coliseums. Spilling blood has always been “sports and entertainment”, and there’s nothing much we can do about this human nature that frequently reemerges to showcase its bestiality. Heck, we don’t even mind trigger-happy kids nowadays just spraying virtual people on the video screen with bullets.
Someone even commented here at GRP about how we will be missing Noynoy and his band of disgusting appointees. Let’s face it – some of us actually enjoyed having an apathetic law-breaking leader to pick on and made an appalling topic of in closed-door conversations. Who are we going to talk about now that our new president and much of his cabinet members are endowed with common sense and integrity?
3. Criminals Provide Jobs for a Big Chunk of the Population
Then there’s the economy. Imagine if there were no bad people – then a vast host of the workforce would be out of jobs. Police officers would have no criminals to hunt, lawyers would have no clients to defend in endless litigation, judges would have no cases, entire agencies/departments like CHR and the Ombudsman would lose their mandates, media would have nothing much to report, security guards would not get to be paid for standing from 9-3 at bank entrances, Henry Sy would not have to hire watchful mannequins to man his goods amidst a sea of shoplifters, internet security experts will not have to build firewalls and encryption against hackers, anti-theft smartphone apps would not have to be developed, window grill and gate makers will lose orders, and novelists and film makers will not have stories to offer for everyone to enjoy.
We indirectly have criminals to thank for the very pan de sal we are able set on the table for our families. And when kids go off to school, the history teacher has Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot to thank for giving him/her something to talk about and analyze for discussion in class.
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Criminality is very much a part of Philippine everyday life. Why can’t we seem to change the situation? Could it be that Filipinos unconsciously welcome from within the evil that pervades our society? Have we been just too accustomed to crime to have seared our national conscience to the point that we no longer see anything wrong with it and accept it as normal?
We try to justify how in the good book, God (if you believe in him) had allowed evil (sin, Satan) to be introduced in the Garden of Eden; and show how history (His Story) only became even more colorful with characters such as stone-hearted Pharaoh, wicked idol-worshiping Jezebel, and hypocritical Christ-crucifying Jewish religious leaders.
Even in America, enemies of the people and state are key factors that shape the nation. The military is a big industry; in fact the USA needs a major war (like killing “enemies of the free world” in Iraq based on some bogus WMD theory) every 10 years to justify their military budget and keep a key engine of their economic and technological growth (i.e., military production and development) humming to employ thousands of Americans. We have spin-off technologies we enjoy today like GPS, the internet and jet planes – all because good-guy G.I. Joe and his friends had to think up new ways to combat “evil”.
We definitely need to stamp out evil, corruption and criminality. The big question is: will we grow bored when there’s no more battle to fight after we accomplish the mission? Well let’s hope that after all the criminals are cleared out of society, we can instead put all that anti-crime workforce to much better productive use like designing and manufacturing useful quality products.
Maybe the reason why we’ve remained a Yellow Banana Republic is because we spend too much time and effort fighting the “necessary” criminality and corruption, rather than inventing and developing new products and services that can improve our lives.
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