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”…
Look 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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