Ingit Lang Kayo !
I wonder, often laugh,sa yabang ni Buratoy, but I am always baffled by the consequences brought about by the only trait that is truly shared by all societies in our country. Like most human idiosyncrasies, arrogance may be voluntary or involuntary, it can have many appearances; it can take the shape of a simple misinterpretation, or escalate into dangerous xenophobia. But sadly it is bad attitude and often brings unwanted consequences.
Apparently as monkeys evolved into human beings they not only lost their tail but also their ability to co-exist with different species. Primates were always capable of understanding chatter, shrieks and roars when they stumbled into alien territories; they would soon understand their mistake, and if involuntary they would either back away or, if voluntary, they would grow hostile.
Unlike humans, monkeys always understood their rivals, perhaps because they didn’t possess a person’s ability for thought or speech, and only relied on their trusted vital instincts, hence nothing got in their way. This is something we should learn from them. The term “Arrogance” may seem harsh to some, and maybe it is. But to me, the only other applicable term is Stupidity. Ironically, humans have the uncanny ability to over think and over talk any issue presented to them; they do so without following any intuition and almost always presume that their ideas are satisfactorily transmitted and understood by others. Supposes that everybody thinks like we do. It presumes that one culture (ours) is foremost and universal, and that words, terms, ideas and traditions are common. Arrogance is also a two way street , regardless of size or condition, fall prey to it.
There is sufficient historical data to support the notion that a great many wars have been started and continued by arrogant nations, leaders and their populations. Sometimes I wonder if many of today’s problems aren’t the result of it. Conflicts among nations, all have one common denominator: different cultures. The plain and simple fact is that nations and people just don’t reach understandings because they are too involved discarding other opinions that they don’t understand or even try to understand, while trying to ram their ideas over someone else’s.
Understanding each other used to be a skill called diplomacy. Being almost systematic it was handled by career civil servants who used history experts, linguists, and local citizens, as well as spies for intelligence gathering and testing before reaching conclusions. When a test didn’t work out, it usually detonated a crisis. Elder statesmen understood perception, deference and respected other opinions (until they got in the way of their interests). They practiced Intelligent arrogance, and at least they knew what was going on and where they wanted to go.
But today’s diplomats use computer models and language translators.The same apparatus Sen.Lapid using to translate the English version in tagalog or kapangpangan by his assistant for him to easily understand. They have discarded mediation for technology, and in doing so they have committed a grave mistake; people and nations don’t conform to mathematical or digital models, and words even if correctly translated seldom have the same meaning. They seem oblivious to cultural differences, and their aims seem to be more focused on complacency for expedient purposes.
As politicians involve themselves in diplomacy they almost unfailingly wind up focusing on what they consider to be the problem. They try to balance their own ignorance with unsubstantiated opinions, political correctness and pandering to their own particular interests – a recipe that can only yield bad results. The foremost error most politicians and world leaders make is their failure to comprehend that there are no universal concepts.
Democracy and freedom are not understood the same way in countries that have lived under autocrats or dictators. Religion does not have the same connotation in secular countries as it has to fundamentalist regimes. Countries that have lived under any foreign occupation or dominance have a natural and often exaggerated reluctance to being lectured to or bullied by stronger nations. Conservatism among Filipinos is comparable to liberal ideologies in other parts of the world. The problem is far from being uncommon, nor does it belong to any person. Until all person make real efforts to understand others and respect them, they will continue to have conflicts and, as arrogance increases, the “habulan ng itak” will be the only solution.
Kung hindi kayo masaya,lumayas kayo! Que barbaridad,santisima,por dios por santo,for kilo! Buratot is suffering dementia and he forgot that we are living under the guidance of Democratic principles.In case he doesn’t know the meaning of Democracy-Here’s a crash course and listen carefully Lito and Manny.
Democracy complicates life, for citizens now have options and can make choices. They also acquire the burden of responsibility and lose the advantage of having an obvious culprit for their mistaken paths. Democracy also opens the door to different opinions, and the elementary polarized condition between haves and have-nots becomes a confusing arena of many opinions and contradictions.
Ironically in a democracy , people who think differently are aggressively attacked as rivals. Although dissension is no longer crushed nor penalized, larger groups tend to push away opposing views and, when possible, ridicule and indict them.-Like the Sabio brothers practiced.
Democracy is a wondrous thing:People who have dreamed of freedom and self-determination (like Martin Luther King,they assasinated him)suddenly find themselves confounded in having alternatives, and bewildered at the ability to make choices in an unconstrained manner.Unfortunately,now Filipinos are suffering the growing pains, having to accept the responsibility for their actions while they tend to blame government for their maladies. Too, they uncomfortably know it’s now their government and that their decisions can make changes. Another confusing fact for Filipinos is the rise of a fragmented society, in which good and evil are not as easily defined as in the past. Now truth and falsehood are lost in a diverse dialogue, in which groups at times express and defend contradicting viewpoints. Political parties and public figures are simultaneously admired and demonized.
So,before Buratoy open his mouth and telling Filipinos to leave…… he should acknowledge that Philippines is not unique in this democratic experience. As well, a lesson to be learned is that there is still time for politician to change course,magsimba muna kayo,mangumpisal at ibalik ang mga ninakaw sa bayan to avoid the pitfalls of democracy. you see,Amigo!When oppressed people have the easy option of blaming the oppressors for everything they find wrong in their lives there is a bonding mood in society. The enemy is clearly identified and the rules are straightforward, as there are only two groups: those who have power and those who don’t. In this sense autocracy is reassuring.