I guess maybe the title of this article might be a tiny bit overstated lang. As I was writing in the title, I did think of ONE thing that seems to be of the utmost importance to the average young Filipino; GETTING THE FUCK OUT OF HERE seems to be the primary life goal. Most make their their educational goals completely based on a field that has the best chance of getting them the fuck out of their own country while proclaiming national pride (“I’m proud to be Filipino!”).
What does that say about your country?
I mean, if you’re so god damned proud of your country, why not set your goals on staying and making it better? Why not use that pride to lead and give hope of change to your Kababayan, insighting change in the minds of the people, empowering them, and actually work toward turning national pride from illusion to reality?
That is probably the underlying reason why this country is SO FUCKED UP; the total lack of balls (walang itlog). The unwillingness to die for change. There are no heroes here. Just timid little cowards with big words and no action. There are only a few among thousands who are willing to march down to the Mayor’s office and protest his corruption and hold him accountable. There is no Filipino pride. There is no sense of community (unless it’s for coming together to organize a fiesta or some kind of party where there will be alcohol served by the Gande).
The last Filipino hero that comes to mind is Benigno Aquino Jr. He was a man who came back to his country to try to make a change, with full knowledge that he will probably be killed. Only moments after stepping foot on the ground of the country he so loved and for which he had REAL HOPE OF PRIDE, he was murdered in cold blood. He had the attitude and the mindset to show his people that this is what it is going to take to make a change. To walk right into the face of death, knowing that it is better to die for trying to make a better life for your people than to save yourself in abandonment.
If there were many more people with that level of REAL PRIDE IN ACTION (not just empty cliche words spewing from your mouth, with no action behind the words) AND LOVE OF COUNTRY, I believe Philippines could begin to change.
Unfortunately, Benigno Aquino Jr’s sacrifice was in vain. Yes, it instigated the People Power Movement on EDSA, and Marcos was removed, but did they hold on to the HUGE opportunity for huge change? NOPE! They went back to their old ways, slipping back into powerlessness and ignorance and timidity, and ended up right back in the same pit of pathetic mindsets and laziness they were in previously; an armpit of corruption. I read somewhere that in reality, Ronald Reagan had EDSA orchestrated behind the scenes, which makes perfect political sense, and he certainly had the resources and power to accomplish this. It also makes perfect sense because I don’t believe that many Filipinos could possibly be that ballsy and organized. It’s just not in them. They were lead by external political interests in disguise. But that’s just my opinion.
Filipinos are so pathetic to have let the example and life sacrifice of Benigno Aquino Jr fall into vanity with their non-action and total submission to the resurgence of corruption. NOTHING IS REALLY THAT IMPORTANT.
I ran a little long on that intro, but I wanted to start with underlying attitudes of the general mindset of the average Filipino.
There seems to be an all-encompassing lazy attitude about anything that should be very important and vital to the necessity of life in general. Some observations I have are, for example, documentation. As an employer, I require positive identification on anyone I hire. I have experienced an average of about 7 out of 10 birth certificates that have name spelling errors, date errors, gender errors, which conflict with other official documents of identification on that same person. Then when you need 2 or 3 documents to obtain a passport or something else, the documents are rejected, and then you must go through an excruciating and nearly impossible process of obtaining an affidavit proving that the 2 or 3 documents with conflicting details is, in fact, the same person. I attribute this to the average Filipino’s general refusal to simply read, check and make sure of literally anything. IT’S JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
Let’s talk about water pressure. I have lived in 3 different places in Philippines over the years. Never has any utility service had any kind of consistency whatsoever. What is so difficult about maintaining a consistent water pressure? It’s been accomplished for 100 years all over the world. It’s simple mechanics. Yet many times each week, in fact, almost daily, you go to take a shower, or wash the dishes, and you turn on the faucet and nothing comes out, or you get a tiny stream of water which cannot match the pressure at which you take a piss. Water is one of the top 3 things any human life needs to exist. Yet the simple task of making sure their systems and equipment are maintained and properly engineered to meet the demand and delivery to their Kababayan IS JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
The same can be said about phone and internet service. It’s utterly pathetic. Never has an entire week gone by without several service interruptions and outages. Who’s engineering and maintaining their systems? AMATEURS? This is another technology that is pretty fucking simple, and quality consistent service provided all over the world. But in Philippines, IT’S JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
And I won’t even talk about their power grids. Oh man….
Here is the reason; WALANG ITLOG (no eggs, or balls). When the pipes are dry, and not spitting out water, they just hope and pray it will come back on soon. Or if they do call the water company to report or complain, the water company just gives a standard lame excuse or alibi and the customer just says “ok” and that’s it. This morning, we have not a single drop of pressure. I called and they said there’s a major leak and they had to shut down the pumps. WELL NO WONDER! THEY ARE USING PLASTIC PIPES ABOVE GROUND ALL OVER THE PLACE!! DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IDIOTS.
Traffic. Jeepneys stopping in the middle of the fucking road. IDIOTIC. It seems just ok to stop right in the middle of the road anywhere, and the traffic behind you is JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT. I have never seen such a level of ignorant discourtesy in my entire life. This is why Philippines is so fucked up. Nobody considers each other. There is no general code of courtesy whatsoever. Example: You’re walking up the the entrance of the mall. You’re walking at a normal pace, and maybe you’re together with someone, and it’s obvious you’re with someone. You both approach the entrance which has 2 or 3 people waiting to be pseudo-checked by the guard, and if there is even the slightest open space between you, an ignorant rude dumbfuck native Filipino works his/her way in front of you, sometimes brushing against you, and even sometimes SHOVING you so they can get ONE MORE PERSON ahead instead of behave in any way that could possibly be considered orderly or courteous. Common courtesy IS JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
How many times have you been in a taxi, or driving yourself, and you’re trying to get out on the main highway from a small side street during peak traffic times? Traffic on the main highway is just crawling along meter by meter. Everyone works overtime to remain bumper to bumper, even though they are not moving but a meter or two at a time. They see you’re trying to merge in, or cross to merge into the other direction. Yet nobody will leave a 5 or 6 meter opening for you to get in or get through, even though the traffic in front of them is stopped. WHAT A BUNCH OF IDIOTS!!! AGAIN, COMMON COURTESY IS JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
Simple honesty is JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
Being responsible for your own words and actions IS JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
Reading posted notices and signs anywhere IS JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
Thinking logically IS JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
I could go on and on with this list, but I’m sure, to the average Filipino, IT’S JUST NOT THAT IMPORTANT.
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