My grandfather, Heaven keep his soul, died a few weeks ago after suffering a fatal heart attack in the hospital. He died at the age of 90, an age I suppose some of us here can only envy. Anyway, truth be told, he was never really my grandfather by blood. An American from North Carolina, he was simply my great uncle to me although, if you really want to know, he will always be my real father because it was he who raised me to be the man I am today. I wouldn’t be who and where I am today if it wasn’t for him, his firm guidance and gentle support.
Anyway, since I don’t want to bore you all with the details of my home and family life when I was a child, I’m going to skip ahead to my point…
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Now, one of my clearer memories as a young boy was when my grandfather and I sat in our front porch watching our dogs frolicking about on our front lawn. We did this often and in those days my grandfather was a physically imposing figure who towered well over everyone who lived in our house. However, he never tired of talking to me and answering my inquisitive and pointed questions even though I was quite pesky back then and knew little of the ways of the world.
This one afternoon however, I decided to ask about our dogs. I asked him why, even though dogs lived with humans and could understand words, why couldn’t they behave like people and be allowed the same rights as normal human beings. My grandfather simply laughed at the thought and explained to me that dogs simply aren’t like people at all. Sure, they could be intelligent and they could be trained, but at the end of the day, they were only animals who were governed by instinct and not rational thought.
Even a well-trained dog was only obeying orders to it taught to it by its master. Now, dogs could eventually become valued parts of the family, but even then, they would need to be treated like children since they could not really think for themselves and make conscious decisions like humans do. According to my grandfather, there were only two concepts that governed a dog’s life: animal instinct and obedience to its master. A human being, on the other hand, had other factors to consider such as morality, duty and religion, all three of which are only just a few of the things that humans take into consideration.
Dogs, even intelligent ones, require some degree of supervision or support from humans simply because they cannot think and reason for themselves. That is why they can be easily victimized by stupid Pinoys who are intent on eating them. A dog’s mind is very simple, my grandfather explained. A trained dog will probably possess some degree of independence and, most importantly, a sense of loyalty to its master but most dogs have a fairly straightforward method of thinking: people who give food=good, people who deny them what they want=bad.
Most dogs automatically assume that people who give them food are good even if said people are actually out to eat them and are simply using food to attract them. Alternatively, people who deny them what they want or shoo them away are bad even though said people might just be warning them away from a dangerous place or have otherwise harmless intent. People, my grandfather said, are different. Or at least should be different.
A human being can think and can therefore decide whether or not someone is just giving them goodies to earn their favor but have evil intent. Also, sometimes, authorities will require us to do something we don’t like simply because it’s for our own good. Indeed, as people, we can decipher ulterior motives and decide for ourselves whether or not another person is being true to us or may have something else in mind.
I was going to ask more questions but my grandfather dragged me into the house and frantically changed the subject after switching the TV channel to a cartoon show (I think it was Thundarr the Barbarian) when I began asking about the two dogs who were on top of each other…
Anyway, during elections and even after them, I cannot help but notice the many dumb voters who simply state that they voted for their candidate simply because said candidate did something for them. Sometimes, they take the form of goodies like free t-shirts and food. Other times, it may be special favors such as getting them in touch with certain important people. Then there are those times when they take a more direct approach by simply giving people money which probably came from the taxes of the people they’re giving the money to.
They will often ignore everything else said about candidate in question such as allegations of corruption, general incompetence or an outright bad attitude. As long as said candidate is willing to give them goodies for their troubles, they’re more than happy to vote for said candidate even if it means plunging the nation into abject misery. They also frown upon candidates whom they don’t understand or simply aren’t willing to understand and often assume that candidates whose parties tend to lecture about correcting aspects of society are intellectual tyrants who would deny them of their rights.
Ladies and gentlemen, I think that in order for us to truly progress as a nation, it is time that we stopped thinking and behaving like dogs. Let us now learn to reason and weigh options instead of constantly eating the garbage fed to us by the government and media alike. Let us stop barking at our critics in a futile attempt to silence them and instead and at least listen to some of what they may have to say. Most of all, let us stop being beholden to public figures and aiming to please them just because it seems like they will solve our problems for us.
I HAVE RETURNED TO LAY WASTE TO OUR ENEMIES!
10 Replies to “Of Dogs And Men: On The Complacency And Gullibility Of Pinoys”
Many humans are not that much more advanced than dogs. It is true that people have higher cognitive functions – but sometimes they do not use it. Look how many people do not even support their own offspring Mother birds go out and get food to bring back to their babies. Lazy Filipinos have babies they cannot support. In the U.S. The welfare state has created tens of millions of dependent people, who cannot/ will not support their offspring. Mother birds are more advanced than these humans.
Many people do not actually look at a politician’s voting record before casting their vote. I sometimes question whether this should be allowed. Most people vote based on political party, regardless of whether their candidate will damage their country. These people are what Lenin called useful idiots, although there appears to be doubt he invented saying. Anyway, it is true. Many voters have no idea that the candidate they worship is corrupt, and does not care about them at all. Some people know – but they are so self-hating and stupid, they don’t care.
Some people accept bribes from politicians because, again, they have no self-worth. This phenomenon happens all over the world. I don’t know which parties do it the most in the Philippines, because I do not live there and don’t have the knowledge to make an informed statement. In the U.S. the democrats promise people free crap ( welfare, tuition forgiveness, food stamps, victimhood, etc.) to sucker them into voting for them. They began this in the 1960s with Lyndon Johnson, who was a racist and said blacks will be theirs for a long time, as a result of their bribes and fake altruism. The politicians pander, lie, and they acquire power. Many people are useful idiots who have no idea what their masters (politicians) have actually said or done.
Edit: I apologize for not proofreading my post, which contains punctuation errors.
Most Filipino voters are like dogs, because politicians trained them to be like dogs. Most politicians are political opportunists; they change their loyalties, whoever is in power. So, whoever can feed them some goodies; they go there. They are acting also like dogs.
I have never seen a male politician on top of a female human being. Dogs do it, anywhere, because , they are dogs. However, I heard some sex scandals of famous politician. Like the former U.S. Pres. Bill Clinton. His paramour, Monica Lewinski, did on him an oral sex in the oval office , in the White House. That is the nearest thing , a human, did like a dog ! Unless, Mr. Grimwald can cite , some good tales of what he had observed in life…
The average dog’s IQ is about 30 and a Mensa genius is 140+. The average Filipino IQ of 86 lies almost exactly in the middle.
Make what you will of that highly unscientific comparison, truth be told I’m mainly trolling.
Dogs have better judgment than a rationale sentient being who is capable of heinous crimes, torture, exploiting their own specie.
Why are the likes of De Lima, Carpio-Morales, Sereno are called Attack Dogs?
Dogs have loyalty to their Masters, and known to eat their own vomit.
Sorry for your loss. from your stories your grandfather was one helluva man.
Failipinos, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without a rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck.
This describes to a tee my experiences with 90% of Pinoys.