Warning: This contains a lot of aggressive statements born out of frustration and anger from the writer’s experiences, snowflakes and overly sensitive individuals are warned that there will be a lot of butt-hurt.
“WHY I STOPPED BELIEVING IN THE ‘FILIPINO RACE’ AND THE PHILIPPINES”
“HOW BONG REVILLA MADE ME QUIT REFERRING TO MYSELF AS A FILIPINO”
Unpopular Opinion by C. Seamus Hermoso
This article will probably stir up hate, ridicule and another negativity towards me. I am also expecting some ad hominem insults. Before I start though, please read through, understand, have an open mind, and don’t take this unpopular opinion too personal. The whole point of this write-up is to disturb your peaceful acceptance of the status quo, to start a meaningful discourse and hopefully to plant a seed, an idea that the future generation can harvest.
Since we were kids, we were brainwashed by the school system to be patriotic. To respect the so-called “heroes” and past presidents who did everything “for the country”. As I grew older and after observing the countless mishaps of this country’s government, the ridiculous decision-making of the Filipino majority, and how stupid the usual response a Filipino will retort to some circumstances- I am now at a point where I question this race’s intellectual capacity. Sadly, I am part of that race.
How come we just took this idea of patriotism and lived our lives thinking that this current government we have and this country we have, are the result of valiant sacrifices and unwavering love for the nation? It’s about time to think otherwise and start questioning this false patriotism and lessen that god-awful “Filipino Pride” that often does more harm than good.
History will show us that even Rizal and his Illustrado colleagues in Spain didn’t really want separation from Spain from the start. They wanted social reform. They initially wanted the Philippines to be treated as an annex of Spain and its inhabitants as co-equals to those born in Spain. In time, that ideal was lost when wealthy benefactors and influential families funded the revolution that would ultimately put them or their businesses in power. The “for independence”, “for the motherland” ideal isn’t genuine from the start. Even from the early formation of this nation, it was “Para sa Sarili” or “Para sa Pamilya”, there was never a “Para sa Bayan”.
The power grab of Aguinaldo and cohorts from Bonifacio, those supporting Aguinaldo and those who blindly followed the man only further proves how stupid and incompetent the inhabitants of this land were. Yes, there were the greedy, scheming masterminds behind it, but those efforts wouldn’t succeed without the support of the zombie-like masses. The stupid, non-thinking masses. The masses who prefer being bought so that they can have something for their family regardless of the repercussions.
The succeeding mishaps such as the political scandals of Quezon, allowing greed and cronies dictate a dictator, up to the CIA-backed “People Power”, and then electing an under-qualified housewife, electing an action star for a president and soon electing the housewife’s son out of sympathy, all the way to 16 Million Filipinos blindly voting for a dirty old man with rape jokes just proves how insanely stupid this race is. Sometimes we have to be reminded of these mishaps and dumb decisions since Filipinos have a short-term memory when it comes to history or political affairs.
This country didn’t experience a true bloody revolution hence there’s no passion or deep-rooted emotions that something must change. The masses are too stupid to get the idea of revolution. The rich and educated are too comfortable and scared of a shift in power. The few successful attempts for change often end up self-sabotaged by the same folks. Articles such as these are ridiculed and free-thinkers who try to spark an idea are bashed.
At first, I just shook my head in utter disbelief on how stupid the overall population is especially when watching the evening news. From government probes and public interviews, I cringe at the sad mental capacity of the general public. One of the things I hate most was this “Filipino Resiliency”. I was among the few who thought that “Filipino Resiliency” is a sad and stupid excuse that we are just doomed to keep repeating the same mistakes, experiencing the same calamities and tragedies, yet still manage to smile and laugh about it. That attitude to me is plain idiocy. I kept preaching to people and friends that it’s OK to be angry, the logical thing to do is be angry, because it sparks meaningful change bought out by a consensus of emotions like how Western countries become angry and rally for change.
Yet in the Philippines, it’s as if we act as a retarded race, laughing and saying “ganun talaga ang buhay” (life is just like that) “manalig nalang sa Diyos” (let’s just have faith in God), etc. despite being in waist-deep water every year because of lack of urban planning resulting to flood; despite living in improvised shelters because some idiot left a candle in the night that led to burning a whole block of wooden shanties; despite a convicted plunderer being elected into office again. This country’s resources are getting stolen in a massive scale, yet to the masses, there are more important things to fight for and invest emotions- like collegiate basketball fanaticism, beauty pageants, or the NBA Finals.
How can you explain that ousted Presidents due to graft and corruption manage to still have people vote for them and still hold offices either in the local government or in Congress? How can a convicted plunderer whose family is also known as a corrupt clan in the province, who just secured a TRO can just dance with no solid campaign platform and still get a seat in the Senate? The Philippines has the longest history of Elections in Asia, yet until now, it is still a popularity contest. A sing-and-dance competition. This nation isn’t ready for elections. If a group rallies for change, they are mocked as destabilizers. This nation will never be ready for democracy or for self-rule because of that collective stupidity.
Maybe it’s time to accept that we are destined to be ruled over by a foreign power. Maybe it’s time to set aside that stupid “Filipino Pride” that only becomes useful if Gilas Pilipinas is wining or if Manny Pacquiao has a fight. We are too proud to accept that we need a foreign power to rule over us to bring prosperity. A hundred or so years of “independence” is like allowing a 3-year old to play with knives. It’s a recipe for disaster. I for one, don’t want my future children to live in such a sorry state of a country such as this.
We aren’t ready, or in my opinion, will never be ready for self-rule as long as majority of the people are those believing in “aswang” when a stray fruit bat wanders in the neighborhood, those who line-up for a free jacket in Willie Revillame’s charity show, and those who don’t follow a simple one way rule in mall parking lots.
We get angry or ridicule the Chinese just because they are (strategically) everywhere and involved in all types of business as we shout patriotic nonsense- but for what? Because we prefer Westerners running their businesses here instead? We become passionately infuriated when we see “For Koreans Only” stores in the city, yet we will gladly work and be corporate slaves for an Australian BPO? We proudly wave the Filipino flag, yet at the same time 90% of us would trade a limb to live a life in the U.S. or in Canada with their loved ones. We say “support local” yet we are the first in line when Tim Horton’s or Shake Shack opened.
People in the comfortable class will say- at least they practiced their right to vote and that they take part in educating the less fortunate to vote wisely for better governance. That same excuse is a loser’s sad excuse because each election, the most logical and qualified candidate just doesn’t get elected.
The thinking class’s vote doesn’t hold much weight because at the end of the day, the ignorant and shallow masses, those who prefer to take Vice Ganda’s advice over a political analyst, those who lost their homes in the war in Mindanao and just smile because a politician hugged them and took a selfie with them, those who hog the overtaking lane in expressways or drive in the shoulder lane, those who voted for Bong Revilla- these people who make up majority of this nation, their votes have more weight.
Now what does that say about this nation then? This race is just too stupid to run a country. I’d be the bad guy to shout it out because maybe we need that realization. For me, I’d had it with this country and its people. Even simple “don’t cross” signs right in business districts can’t be followed. Motorcycle riders with helmets on their elbows instead of their heads. It’s a harsh truth that we are like dogs eating our own shit not because of poverty, but because of stupidity. The talent is there. The resiliency is there. But when it comes to self-governance? I’d rather bow to China and be part of their massive industrial strength. I’d rather be a U.S. colony or a military base. I’d rather be under Spain again.
For now? I feel ashamed to be called a Filipino. There is nothing to be proud of this nationality as long as the overall population is that stupid. I’m calling myself a citizen of the earth instead. I won’t be saluting to that flag anytime soon.
Inspired by “3 Big Reasons Why Filipinos Will Always Be Dumb” an article in www.getrealphilippines.com written by “Grimwald”