I propose to all Philippine educational institutions that a subject called “Philippines 101” be a required subject in all undergraduate programs. I have been searching for the single root cause of the wide-spread stupidity and poverty in this country called the Philippines.
But then it dawned on me that there is no Single Reason why Filipinos generally lack common sense. There are HUNDREDS OF REASONS!!! – so many that we can come up with an entire multiple-volume “Encyclopedia of Filipino Stupidity”. But to fit 1 semester of study material, we will only tackle the first 101 reasons (tip of the iceberg).
Stupidity Reason #1. Poverty
It is generally known that many Filipinos are ignorant and stupid because they are poor and unable to afford to study; but then why are they poor? Answer: because they are ignorant and cannot see the value of education. And you can say it the other way around. We now have a chicken and egg situation: one causes the other like a pair pendulum balls alternately banging each other.
Stupidity Reason #2. Spanish Colonizers
Others say Filipinos became stupid because of the Spanish colonizers who called and treated Filipinos low-life fools and servants; so indeed, like a lie told a thousand times it became the “truth” to the natives, even after their independence. Filipinos have taken on this insecure self-image and inferiority complex that they are mere servants of foreigners. No wonder Filipinos export themselves en-mass throughout the world as “house-hold slaves”. The word “Filipina” is already synonymous to “helper” all across the globe. Some years ago, it even took a Philippine president to appeal to an English dictionary publisher to not define “Filipina” as “a helper”.
Stupidity Reason #3. The Weather
Then there are those who would just lazily blame it on the weather. “Filipinos are not lazy”, they would claim – “it’s just the weather, stupid.” Why of course: where would you be more conditioned to work at your optimum: in an oven toaster called the Philippines, or in an air-conditioned temperate region like Japan, North America or Europe? So there goes half of your productivity and zeal down the drain – due to searing heat and sticky sweat-dripping humidity. Not to mention, we have the perennial onslaught of typhoons to destroy the half-done shanty house that Juan struggled to build from scrap material. Despite knowing the next typhoon will be sure to come, Juan is just too stupid and poor to build a typhoon-resistant one.
Stupidity Reason #4. Sense of Humor
Filipinos pride themselves in the fact that they are a happy (-go-lucky) and fun-loving people. Foreigners who visit the Philippines after a major calamity would admire how resilient Filipinos are – how they can still joke around and laugh despite the tragedy around them. But then the sense of humor far outweighs their common sense. In a serious situation or emergency, they can still afford to crack a joke and laugh about the situation or victim. That’s why the country has become a sick joke, run by a bunch of circus clowns. TV programs are mostly geared towards making people laugh. Filipinos do not take many things in life seriously. So the world too does not take the Philippines seriously. PH is the laughing stock of the world.
Stupidity Reason #5. Corrupt Politicians
Then there are the Corrupt Trapo politicians, who make it their goal to suck as much blood out of the Filipino cadaver during their short window of opportunity called their “term of office”. Well who voted them in the first place? Where else in the world does a convicted crook in the government’s highest position still get re-elected after not even finishing his sentence in jail. Stupid voters get exactly what they deserve – a crappy government. Someone once said there are no poor countries, just poorly managed ones: PH is the prime example. So upon stepping into the airport you are greeted “Toilet – out of order”. That’s the Filipino way of saying “Welcome to the Failippines”.
I’ll stop at SR#5 here just to get the ball rolling. But we still have a whole semester to have a lively discussion and discover so much more on our journey into the twilight zone of PhilFailandia. This should be better than the boring PI100 course in UP, where students learn of Rizal’s life and secrets. This is a subject about you and the people around you (if you are a foreigner), with a practical application the moment you step out of the classroom.
The Philippines is a rich country – rich in natural stupidity (the #1 resource which keeps it going).
Feel free to extend the list. I hope someone does take this proposal seriously – but then, I doubt it as this is the Philippines (SR#4).Published in