Martial Law crybabies like emphasizing the past. They lament the lack of “accurate” education on the “Martial Law era” and rally around slogans like “Never Forget” and “Never Again”. To be fair, memory of hurt is important so that lessons are learnt. If we don’t remember being burnt we won’t know enough to avoid fires.
There is, however, a thin line that separates coming out of a bad experience a better, more learned person and coming out of one a damaged, paranoid, delusional phobic. It seems members of “civil society” (a.k.a. the “Disente” Crowd) have come out the latter — a people paralysed by fear and unable to move on to explore opportunities and possibilities. This national paralysis underpinned by a pathological need to keep “reminding” everyone within earshot of this national butthurt is expressed ad infinitum and is expertly encapsulated by Inquirer columnist Gideon Lasco in his column today…
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We see this amnesia in full display today, as we mark another anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos’ imposition of martial law amid the dark clouds of authoritarian rule. How can we so easily forget the price that was paid by our forebears to defend our democracy? How can we so quickly forget the many evils the Herods of our country have done, that we still allow them to rule over us?
It does not occur to old farts like Lasco that there is a reason that young people are held up as the “future” of most modern societies — because the youth’s ability to approach the future with fresh minds is what predisposes them to explore new approaches unencumbered by debilitating emotional baggage borne by, shall we say, more “mature” folk.
Look no further than the way women regard the awful experience of childbirth. Do you think women would go on to have second, third, and fourth (and even more) kids if they remained pathologically paralysed by the memory of such a painful experience as their first childbirth? There is also a reason why young men and women, 17- and 18-year-olds in some cases, make the best soldiers — because they are able to storm a beach, jump off a plane, and discharge their weapons relying entirely on training and less on burdensome experience and time-wasting moral navel-gazing. Teenage love is also such a bittersweet experience precisely because all but the most limpdicked amongst us ignore our parents’ warnings and rush headlong to have a taste of it without regard for the consequences.
It seems the Opposition, led by the Yellowtards, Martial Law Crybabies, and “god-fearing” liberals want an entire nation to lose their mojos in this regard all for the sake of a return to their comfy retirement village they call “civil society”.
There is a strong evolutionary reason people forget or, better still, compartmentalise bad experiences — because a gene pool of butthurt pussies who fail to reproduce, conquer, and kill their enemies quickly goes extinct. If we haven’t noticed yet, the strongest societies on the planet come up with the best love stories, the best war movies, and the best porn. It is because they are collectively wired not just to survive but to conquer and dominate.
In the words of modern-day philosopher Erlich Bachman in the hit HBO series Silicon Valley…
Stop being a fncking pussy and start being an asshole.
Are Filipinos wired to conquer and dominate? Not if we allow a political bloc that aspires to turn Filipinos into pussies to regain political power.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.