Okay, after ChinoF wrote his rant about how overrated people are for Pinoys, it’s time to point out some of the more obvious problems inherent in our culture in terms of how we view other people. Truth be told, one of the major reasons the wrong people often end up in often wrong positions of power is because many of us, and I mean many of us, see them in the wrong light. More often than not, our admiration of some people become idolatry and this results in preposterous outcomes that everyone ends up regretting somewhere along the way.
As an example of this, one need not look further than the Aquino family whom the media tries to sell to us as a great family with both an alleged “hero” and a so-called “saint” among its members. For many years, many of our countrymen bought into this deception and even hailed the Aquino family as their saviors who supposedly “saved” the Philippines from oppression. However, after six years of incompetence through the second Aquino administration, Filipinos finally decided to call bluff on the decades-old propaganda depicting the Aquino family as the saviors and defenders of the Philippines.
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Unfortunately, the Pinoy obsession with the Aquino family isn’t the only sign of the idolatry in our culture, oh no. There are many others and I’ve stated them here on GRP repetitively but, almost always, only very few actually understand what is being said in the first place. Many Pinoys are really just that obsessed with celebrities, athletes and politicians that they outright worship them as gods rather than as people. They often see their idols as monolithic figures who represent the good that they believe in and will never change. What they don’t see is that their idols are all too human and are both flawed and corruptible in many ways.
People Are NOT One-Dimensional
One big problem with many dumb Pinoys is that they only see one side of a person and they make immediate assumptions about said person. As mentioned in a speech by another GRP contributor Ms. Mike Portes, there are actually people out there who are dumb enough to think that any woman who wears revealing clothing is a “slut”. They often fail to realize that said woman probably just wears what she does either because she just wants to express herself or it’s really just that hot with the latter being the strongest possibility.
People, especially Pinoys, tend to see people as one-dimensional figures which is helped by the local media which does nothing but twist facts and ideas for its audience. The local media even encourages people to think that the people they see on TV are the same people they see in real life. None of them care to remember that what they are seeing on TV is simply a show and what their favorite actor or actress is doing is simply an act.
There is more than one side to a person and this is what many typical Pinoys simply fail to understand. They are quick to make assumptions about people based on the little they see of them. When they see a person doing something good such as giving to charity, they assume that person to be an all-good saint. When they see a person harshly criticizing their ways (especially when said person is a foreigner), they assume said person to be evil incarnate. Not once do they stop to think that perhaps the person giving to charity might be a sadistic child-molester behind closed doors and that the harsh critic might actually be a kindhearted person who cares about stray animals.
People Are NOT All The Same
Another thing Pinoys love to do is stereotype others. Granted, this is not solely a Pinoy trait and other countries have it just as bad. Unfortunately, Pinoys are easily some of the most immature people in the world and easily give in to the idea that: “If you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all!”
This is why they easily stereotype people and assume, similar to the way that they judge a person by just one aspect that they see, that one person easily represents the group they belong to. You get silly little things like all gay people are weak and want to be women, all Muslims are oppressive and violent and people from the province are primitives who don’t know how to operate modern technology. None of them ever realize that in the world beyond the Philippines, there are actually gays who are very masculine and may even be an elite member of the military, that there are Muslims who push for peace and tolerance and that there are people from the province who are very smart and tech savvy.
I think if Pinoys could just see past stereotypes, perhaps there would be more unity in our country…
This is probably the biggest thing that Pinoys tend to miss altogether which is again helped by the media with their stereotypical characters in TV shows. They often expect people to be permanent figures who never change despite the fact that the only real thing constant about people is the fact that they will change with time. All men and women are broken, fixed and rebuilt on a regular basis when big events happen in their lives.
A person who was once happy go lucky may one day become a workaholic. A man who was once serious may one day become a stand-up comedian. A woman who may have once been wild may one day become conservative. The list goes on. Indeed, as I’ve mentioned time and again, the Thaddeus Grimwald writing here isn’t the same Thaddeus Grimwald a few years back. In those days, I was actually just another yellow zombie but, thanks to a number of life-shattering events, I came to my senses and became something else entirely. Although as to what, I’ll leave it to you to judge.
At the end of the day, I think Pinoys just need to accept the fact that people, including themselves have the capacity to change. A good man, or woman for that matter, can be corrupted into becoming evil if they become too greedy, proud or lustful. Alternatively, even a bad person, or one that is useless can become a hero in their own right if they can take action and take responsibility for what they do.
I HAVE RETURNED TO LAY WASTE TO OUR ENEMIES!