Sunday, January 20, 2013
More fun being an idiot in the Philippines
Democracy is no fun when the majority don't use their heads, and it's the season of not using heads again - well, all year every year in this country actually, but we're having elections real soon, so we're taking it up a notch and oh boy here we go again.
Maybe the Philippines only exists to be an example of how to completely corrupt democracy. It takes a special kind of people to mess democracy up the way Pinoys do, like a massive unspoken collusion that works in reverse of how ants operate or behave. It's not like Pinoys have no exposure to what could be learned from the rest of the world as if we're in isolation. It's not as if Filipinos are too poorly equipped to tell good from bad. Pinoy society screw-ups are due to a potent combination of so many things cultural, it's like a melting pot of everything you could do to something that could potentially excel so that it ultimately fails. And when that something fails excuses abound and everyone goes Pinoy Pride woohoo!
If I had to narrow it down, I single out media as the largest contributor of what's feeding and perpetuating our cultural dysfunction. Media (not all of them but a lot of them, too many of them in fact) has given voice to politicians that they could lie to us at their convenience, has allowed vested interests to determine what is told to the common citizen, has given in to what sells rather than what's true. And Pinoys just swallow it all. Take a lesson from The Wedding Singer - the one with the microphone gets to say what he wants.
So, what now? Gosh darn, I don't know. The above just needed to be said. If anyone who's reading this figures out a way to reboot the kind of perverted democracy we have right here, I'm ready for suggestions (and yellow trolls, in case you haven't heard of me yet).
Written by Parallax
Filipinos could do better, but don't. And I'm sick of it.
[Photo courtesy Juliano Fernando Inigo Guiang.]