Great post! That was such a very critical article (:
I hate it that the word “ambisyosa” or “ambisyoso” has a negative connotation here. Our society dictates us to conform and not to stand out. Our society stifles creativity in the name of practicality. Our society suppresses assertiveness and encourages submissiveness –Kids can’t argue with their parents and students can’t argue with their teachers. We’re raising generations upon generations of drones and servants when we should be raising thinkers and leaders. I actually think that our schools are making us more stupid.
This is absolutely correct! I was always correct all along, and what kids usually do to their parents is to be obedient, submissive albeit the fact that parents sometimes abuses their authority to exploit their kids for their own benefit.
Admit it, Filipino society, mas tanggap ninyo ang mga know-it-alls kesa sa mga introverts. Introverts, loners, or maybe people who investigate are placed in a very bad limelight, calling them stalkers, while sadly, know-it-alls and walking contradictions/hypocrites are warmly welcomed and spoiled, and tolerated at the same time. Oh, ‘di ba, nakaka-bastos ng kultura natin ‘yun?
Side Note: Ang prangkang know-it-all kasi, nakakasakit sa damdamin. But why the fuck do most Filipinos love to do this!? To please their own satisfaction! Tang ina!
Sometimes, teachers who achieved something tend to abuse their authority exploiting their students from their arrogance (don’t deny it — some of you would appreciate sipsip students to please you, tengene!).
Filipino society is effed up, for the love of God, I’d say.
Also, we are actually raised to be “servants,” not really as leaders. Only the rich and the smart people (regardless of social status) could afford to be leaders. No wonder there are a lot of OFWs because we are trained not to create jobs. We are trained to get jobs, and that’s it. Creating jobs is somewhat a fresh concept for all of us.
Kids who are exposed to foreign literature, foreign media and foreign cultures usually grow up to have more open and creative minds. I believe one reason why our achievements, as a nation, pale considerably to those of our neighbors is that “our” culture is inherently flawed. Those of us who succeed here are either of a foreign culture (the Chinese) or those exposed to western ideals. Masa culture isn’t Filipino culture. Mainstream media makes it seem like it is. We shouldn’t be proud of it. We shouldn’t embrace it. Masa culture is a byproduct of ignorance. It’s also a purveyor of ignorance. A vicious beast that feeds on itself.
Now don’t call me ignoramus. If you think I am one, then fuck you! Some of you hypocrites do not want to admit that your beliefs,, that they sometimes blame the introverts and become sipsip to the popular kids/hypocrites/walking contradictions especially know-it-alls out there, is because you want to promote false pride. False pride is something that Koreans do not actually favor, at all! In fact, their national pride, albeit flawed, is more authentic than you think.
If you’re really a nationalist yet feel so pessimistic about your own country, that’s because of insecurity — optimism towards your own culture is a matter of pride — acceptance of cultural diversity is what we call as nationalism: Homogenity is too old-school. Pride towards your own country should be authentic; respect towards other cultures does show respect to other patriotic cultures.