Can I just vent out something when I stumbled upon a particular Facebook post being shared by someone that I could not just scroll down because the opening statements just got my immediate attention? Apparently, it’s been going on for days, and more and more people are adding up into the bandwagon for the uttermost support, and a few who dared to criticize or balance it out. I felt like there’s something wrong to the message she’s trying to come across, so I tried to talk some sense to her.
But what I had found is that some of them, who dared to confront, just cannot read between the lines of what you’re trying to point out to them. Even the woman who was so enthusiastic promoting about the PLAIN TRUTH cannot seem to process it, like you have to explain it word for word, esp. if you’ve written it so long, like all they can capture is what make them tick or are most sensitive to them. I’m not even sure if there are concrete bases or supporting proof points to the truths she has listed or that some are still under process but she chooses to bring them out anyway. She looks like a well-educated woman and seems to have made well of herself, but I just don’t understand what she was trying to do.
So what I kind of discovered is that you have to put your words as simple as possible because a lot of them just cannot fathom your message if constructed to a certain degree, esp. metaphorically or allegorically. They will be baffled with your use of objects or symbolic figures that you will be the one looking like a nuttard to them. And most of them don’t take sarcasm pretty well, so maybe you better not, or they might take some of the words so literally that you may have a lot of explaining to do, which is a tedious process if you choose to do so.
And you cannot just playfully use anything God-related to your words because some of them can go ballistic about it as if you mean disrespect or something. They are very, very sensitive about that. If you scroll through now the thousands, most of what you can see are about prayers, being a Godsend, God Bless, Amen, Hallelujah, Jesus, etc. There is basically God in everything. So my impression is that they generally like praises; to praise and to be praised. I guess they feel better that way.
So with regards to handling criticisms, and esp. when you hit on their nerves that much because of some of the words being used not even intended to offend or whatever but as a reference, which for some fail to realize, they will hit you with their best insults possible, and they’re kind of really good at it. And what I also noticed is when others give some quite valid and reasonable but opposing viewpoints, they are instead welcomed with further insults, foul words, name-callings, misunderstandings, etc.
And that woman seems to be very omnipresent, even replying from time to time, esp. if it gets her attention. As to the point I was trying to make, I’ll share one similar conversation:
FB user: “I support many things this government has done: FOI, for example… I’ve had multiple opportunities to leave this country and I always come back because the Philippines is my home, just as much as it is yours and I want to make it better for those who do not have the same opportunities as I do. I know hundreds of brilliant, patriotic citizens like me who do not agree with many things about this administration. We all have something to offer and to contribute. We all deserve to be heard.”
Zealous Woman: “I said if you cannot appreciate. Wala namang “disagree” na word sa post ko ah?” (Translation: There is no “disagree” word to my post, is there?)
FB user: “Well fine, according to all definitions I don’t APPRECIATE bilateral talks with China.
As far as I know, basta Filipino ka may karapatan ka tumira dito (if you’re Filipino, you have the right to live here). I don’t think a lack of appreciation is reason to be made to leave. Obviously you feel differently and that is your right to feel and express. If you don’t appreciate my statements that’s fine. It doesn’t matter what you appreciate or don’t appreciate, you’re my kababayan I’ll defend your right to live and breathe and work here as long as you want to.”
So before this gets way too long, how can you talk some sense to this woman? It’s like there is this general mentality going on that, whatever level of intelligence or form of common sense one has, less educated and very educated alike, if they see someone who projects himself or herself very well, they’re easily pulled into it, and be like, “Wow, that sounds right to me. You make total sense. Those who don’t get it are the retards.” Perhaps we are just so very impressionable people.
It’s like most people are easily played when it comes to their emotions and beliefs. At one time, some of these political figures are so popular and loved. The next thing you know, they’re the devil by exploitation or association. If an idea is promoted and it becomes popular, just like Pinoy Pride, then it can become a part of the norm, and the best thing you can do is support it, without question. If it seems like the general population or the social media think it’s the right thing to do, then it is the right thing to do, or just for fun and it’s a Pinoy thing to do. Therefore, pak ganern!Published in