So people call me out on the harshness of my choice of words, my alleged “arrogance” and my tendency to berate the public figures they worship. Truth be told though, I don’t really blame them. For all intents and purposes, I will admit to the fact that I tend to choose very scathing remarks. Unfortunately, as I’ve already stated, I have no intention of taking back the words I used and while I will take responsibility for my choice of words, I’m not going to revise my statements because many of you have done nothing but prove them true again and again.
Let’s begin by focusing on the word “idolatry”. Actually, I’ve discussed this word time and time again but, considering how utterly stupid people are out there, it seems nobody really paid any attention. Of course, again, all I have to say is: “What can we expect from idiots?”
Okay, let’s talk about the Bible since that’s what a lot of you like to throw around these days. In fact, one of the few reasons a lot of people voted for Manny Pacquiao despite his incompetence in politics was because he could memorize lines from the Bible as if the only people in the Philippines are Christians and that our social norms are based on the Bible. So okay, can any of you tell me the first commandment among the ten commandments, hmm?
“I the Lord am Your God; thou shalt not have any Other Gods Before Me!”
And yes, God was very serious about this tidbit. You can see how the Big Guy Upstairs got mad about the Golden Calf, that thing called Moloch (which was probably a demon to start with) from the Hill of Hinnom and Baal which the prophet Elijah had to contend against. But then, what do you think the first commandment was really about?
Now, there are a lot of interpretations of it, but I have always thought that it had something to do with obsession. The thing is, what many of us don’t realize, the idea of “worship” isn’t just about another religion. What I’m saying is that, if you’re a Christian, you don’t need to start praying in a temple dedicated to Loki to violate the first commandment.
See, when you become obsessed with something, be it a person or thing, it becomes your god or idol because you place greater value on it than you really should. So, for instance, if you care more about your money than your son, your money has become your god. If you value fame over the welfare of your significant other, then fame essentially becomes the false deity that you worship. Now, if you put more importance in a person or group of persons and are willing to risk the health, safety and general well-being of the people in your community, said person or group of persons becomes your personal divinities.
Now, there is nothing wrong with valuing someone or something. You have to value money because it will ensure your continued survival and a little fame can make a few things a little easier for you. Also, admiring another person is only natural. You can be a fan of anyone you like and you can choose to support them.
Unfortunately, as mentioned, some people go beyond just admiring a given a person and outright worship them. This is especially true in the Philippines wherein there are those who outright see public figures like politicians and celebrities as almost like divine figures capable of anything and will, somehow, solve all their problems for them. They begin to see said public figures as saviors of sorts and start believing that they will somehow save them from their troubles.
While this may seem a bit eccentric, it is essentially our idolatry that dooms us as a people. So you see, idolatry has deeper and more sinister implication than it outwardly seems. I suppose this was why even the Bible is against it.
See, this is what happens:
When you start worshiping another person, you become powerless. That’s right, since you have an excessive amount of belief for a given person, you tend to lose confidence in yourself and accept that you cannot become as great as they are. Truth be told though, while I may seem harsh to my countrymen, I have not given up hope that they might have great potential. I run into amazing people everyday. I meet great storytellers who can put my own stories to shame, artists who are a match for some of the lauded comic artists of Japan or the U.S. and independent filmmakers who are both amazing and inspiring. Unfortunately, even these talented people are overshadowed by the existing false gods of our society and, through their blind admiration, lose sight of who they are and their capabilities.
Take for instance Daniel Padilla who just recycled a bunch of songs that he had so little to do with and yet people worship him as if he was the one who thought up those songs. I don’t know if they got distracted by his face or they simply don’t know any better, but they fail to see that all he really did was rehash pieces of a song that someone else wrote. Few even dared think that they can probably sing better than Daniel Padilla even though the latter isn’t even all that great to start with.
Because of our idolatry, we are only able to follow our society’s heroes instead of working to find the strength to become our own heroes. The potential for greatness has always been within us all but then, due to our blind admiration for others, we forget ourselves and our own talents. Worse yet, we become irresponsible, believing that our “heroes” will do everything for us and provide for us even though we should be providing for ourselves. Due to our idolatry, we hang our hopes and responsibilities on another person rather than take it upon ourselves to do our part in society.
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