This slipped out of my cranium the other day, and it is bugging me. It describes a characteristic of a great many Filipinos:
- " It is strange that the strengths that are important to generating wealth are the ones that are torn down by those who can’t acquire those strengths. "
The comment "backward nation" is an insult. Yet, this trend among Filipinos - the criticizing of people who have the strengths the Philippines needs - most certainly drives the nation backwards. A young person who aspires to achieve something in his life is ridiculed ("Ambisyoso"). A kid who speaks English well is ridiculed. A youngster who is bold, but slips and falls, is ridiculed. A kid who criticizes wrong-doing is criticized back ("Reklamador").
Ridicule is a skill set among youth in the Philippines. And it forms the groundwork for the envy and hostilities and "tear-down thinking" that will emerge in adulthood.
I lay the blame for the condition of the Philippines, the poverty and the failure to compete, upon three institutions:
The Catholic Church, which promotes unrestrained birthing when the nation does not have the means to feed the crying, hungry mouths that are birthed. Furthermore, Church is the number one example in the world of an organization that accepts zero responsibility for anything at all.
The Department of Education, which sees education as memorization of things rather than getting kids to understand the "soft knowledge" of vision, aspiration, creativity, organization, discipline and honor. It teaches young people how to be narrow and avoid risk; it does not teach them how to expand and be bold and achieve.
Parents, who fail to grasp that wealth blossoms when one's kids are nurtured and taught to reach, rather than cuffed aside and "used" to take care of mama and papa.
If you pick up a twist of anger from the harshness of my words, you are perceptive, and correct.
The Church, which could do so much for the well-being of the Philippines, fails to do anything but give solace to the suffering masses. Never mind that much of the suffering comes from Church values transmitted into such acts as vociferous opposition to the well-being of women (HR and Divorce bills).
The Department of Education, which should represent the genius of mankind, instead represents a nation that dumbs down its kids by stuffing them 45 to a classroom, wields unremitting authority which stifles initiative and innovation, and fails to promote a vision of education as something that reaches for the new rather than memorizes the old.
The Parents, who could do so much to teach principles of generosity and courtesy and determination to succeed, instead teach kids to "shut up and do what you are told." And they often use ridicule to get their message across.
Ridicule. The need to tear others down to raise oneself up. The easy way to argue. The easy way to solve problems: lay them at someone else's feet.
It is a driving force in Philippine society. It is like driving with one foot on the gas pedal and one foot on the brake.
Ridicule is the brake.
You don't compete well, don't win many races for "wealth", that way.
And it's not kind.