Nowadays we see a lot of references to “Satan” and the “evil” this character of Medieval yore supposedly creates. Filipinos, the superstitious lot that they are, make liberal reference to these notions because they lack a strong tradition of evaluating cause-and-effect when confronting the many problems that beset their society.
The trouble with this habit of deferring to superstition is that it assures habitual failures that their failures are a result of forces outside of their control and, worse, that the solutions depend on an equally superior force that can vanquish their “Satan” and remove the cause of the “evil” that is supposedly at the root of their problems.
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This is a cognitive disease that needs to be eradicated from Philippine society. More importantly, the political discourse needs to be purged of such primitive lines of thinking to make way for a more modern logic-based discourse to take root. Only when Filipinos take personal accountability for both their individual and collective problems and use their intelligence rather than their prayers to solve them will they prosper and achieve in the modern world.
The biggest roadblock to achieving the goal of modernising Filipino thinking is the ascendancy of a political class that continues to encourage Medieval thinking. The Philippine Opposition led by the Liberal Party (a.k.a. the Yellowtards) embodies many of the traits of Medieval ruling classes, ones that have historically not only allowed themselves to be entwined with powerful religious organisations but also prop up irrational notions of a birthright to political power and moral ascendancy.
The interesting thing about Philippine society is that it is supposedly beholden to democratic ideals. Yet many poltical “activists” decry outcomes of the very democratic processes they supposedly embrace. But, under a democracy, cause-and-effect is far more transparent than systems in which shamans make their followers believe that theirs is the voice of a god, so the idea of people being “shocked” by the quality of Filipino politicians and the outcomes of their public “service” is ludicrous at best.
Unfortunately for Filipinos, the Yellowtards continue a tradition of this sort — propping up perceptions that they are the favoured political bloc of God and asserting a birthright, no, ownership over the “right” practice of “democracy”. It is ironic that “thought leaders” of this political bloc would presume to be the first to point fingers at their enemies and call them “Satan”.
It is high time Filipinos wake up to the reality that “thought leaders” who habitually drop names of supernatural beings cooked up by shamans of antiquity are not really thought leaders. They are mere wannabe religious leaders. And more religion is the last thing Filipinos need if they are to be truly serious about aspiring to be a modern society.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.