Well, there it goes ladies and gentlemen, my recent article about my approval regarding same-sex relationships and my scathing criticism against Manny Pacquiao are being read and critiqued both fairly and unfairly by our readers here at GRP. Of course, I’m quite sure that the detractors of my articles will once again cite the Bible and its contents as sources on how truly “abominable” the LGBTQ community is and how they are the scourge of the Earth and need to be annihilated. They’ll probably even insist that homosexuality in the Philippines is the reason why so many terrible disasters have come our way in the past few years.
But let me tell you something: Homosexuality is the least of our worries here in the Philippines. Homosexuality, if it is indeed a “sin” like some of you insist, is probably tiny compared to the bigger issues we face as a people. I don’t know if other religious people in our country are aware of this but there are things that are being done in our country that are more alarming than homosexuality, if homosexuality is something to be alarmed about at all. As is often the case, we tend to focus too much on tiny and, more likely than not, insignificant details and overlook the much more pressing problems in our nation and culture.
The sad reality is that while a lot of us may target homosexuals and other members of the LGBTQ community and accuse them of being sinful or evil, those same people probably practice things that are far worse. Again, you are welcome to contradict what I’m saying and what I have to say in this article. But please, before you do so, hear me out to the end and consider the bigger picture that I’m presenting to all of you.
So what does it mean to be cruel?
Cruel can be best defined as being “mean-spirited”. That means doing things that are deliberately harmful or painful to others. Now cruelty can actually take many forms and isn’t simply about hurting a person physically. Being “cruel” can also encompass things like hurtful words or off-hand actions that can be offensive to others.
There are a great many ways that we are cruel. Take for instance that our brand of comedy all too often amounts to offensive jokes and mean-spirited slapstick that involves clobbering people whom we find unattractive. What’s worse is that when we finally call these people out on their bullying, they’ll just say: “We were just joking!” Followed shortly by: “Can’t you take a joke!”
Another form of cruelty that often flies over the heads of some of our less-educated fellows is the unethical flaunting of wealth as discussed by ChinoF in his own article. While it may seem largely innocuous for a lot of us, take note that boasting with your wealth to your less fortunate fellows is an act of cruelty in its own right. By flaunting one’s wealth unethically, it’s like telling other people: “I’m cooler than you because I have more money than you!” It might not seem offensive but, in a sense, it’s still hurtful to others because you’re shoving something in their faces that they don’t have. It’s similar to grinning and laughing maniacally at a funeral or eating delicious food in front of starving people.
Apathy can be simply defined as “not caring” but it actually goes deeper than that and it’s certainly very deep in the Philippines.
See, the problem with many Pinoys is that they simply don’t care. They don’t care about the environment as you can tell from the way that they litter like there’s no tomorrow and couldn’t give a rat’s ass about Pamana and that poor dolphin who was recently butchered by dumb locals. They don’t care about their fellowman as you can tell from the way they often ignore people who are in need like those who are being victims of a crime like theft, rape or murder and refuse to even contact the police for fearing of “getting involved”. They don’t care about the children or next generation of Filipinos as you can tell from the way they keep electing the wrong people into the government and how they further worsen the country through pollution and overpopulation.
For a lot of Filipinos, the idea of caring about others or even believing that other Filipinos are every bit as human as they are and deserve as much love and respect as they do is anathema to them. For your basic dumb Pinoy, everyone else who isn’t a friend or a member of family is either a tool to be used or an obstacle to be cast aside.
Now, a lot of us like to talk about how “Christian” we are and how evil homosexuality is in the eyes of God but we all too often forget the story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible.
Again, I find myself agreeing with Vice Ganda. Better worry dear readers, I think this a sign of the Apocalypse…
Anyway, Vice Ganda reacted to Manny Pacquiao’s by using the statement: “Mas nakakahawa ang kamangmangan kesa sa kabaklaan.” (Stupidity is much more contagious than homosexuality.)
Stupidity can be best defined as doing something wrong even when it is quite clear that it is wrong. The Bible sets examples such as the blind leading the blind as well as the story about the dumb guy who built his house on sand and got his home swept away for all his troubles. Unfortunately, again, this is something that is clearly lost on many Filipinos who identify themselves as “Christians” and I can bet a good number of them even know King Solomon’s stance on wisdom and how important it is for the leader of any nation.
So there ladies and gentlemen, you can say anything and everything you want about the evils of homosexuality and the LGBT community but there are worse things amid the aspects of Pinoy society that we can’t even bring ourselves to address. These are the traits that ultimately keep us a backward society and constantly mired in corruption and poverty if one takes the time to regard our decadent and altogether ungodly society.
[Photo courtesy Telegraph UK.]
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