The elections in the Philippines have just been over for approximately 2 days. I think everyone is out in Facebook posting finger-lookin’ good pictures. I got no problem about that. It’s fine. One of my fellows said these are better selfies than those with wrecked-neck-duck-faces and a little arm indicating a handheld device. I could not agree more. Go on, it’s our right to vote! Flaunt it. It may even push someone who has lost faith in the Philippine government to use his/her right to suffrage. Not because of your cutie-patootie picture but the fact that Filipinos are proudly there to claim their right. Just saying.
I haven’t browsed in Facebook this long but the posts of friends intrigued me. Many different angles kept me questioning on how I would regard different angles into my perspective.
There was definitely a handful of pinpointing on how stupid the voters or the larger population/ masses were due to the loss of each one’s favored candidate. A crude judgment even I was practicing in my younger years in college. Having a socialist environment and attending some educational discussions seemed to validate the act of branding people as stupid and irresponsible. Now I see how incongruent it was with the principles I believed in then (which I do still believe in now, just not the people behind it).
We brand people as lowly when they sell their votes to “traditional” politicians or “trapos”. These people we call stupid are also the same people we say we fight for. I think we forgot that little fact, didn’t we? Some may be plainly ignorant not because they wanted it that way but may be because they had some other things to do, like work to eat at least once in that day? Doesn’t mean you’re dirt poor and you are ignorant. Careful. And, rich does not equate to educated either.
If indeed we claim to be educated, where were we to educate the ignorant? Is it not our duty to educate them? Why should it always be individuality that reigns? You do your thing and learn on your own and see you in the race. If you stumble, I can’t help you. I have my own struggles too, ya’ know? If you were born poor, work your way up. You are not working harder that’s why you remain poor until after 5 generations. You lazy Filipino! There should be a way. I will cheer for you while I’m on top. This attitude, will it help?
Given that people do not have the time and means to learn more about the candidates, how about us, have we made the time and means to tell them which will be good for everyone? In the first place, are we even sufficient sources of information? Not everyone will bother telling people pros and cons. We refuse to share the burden since we believe ours are already in excess. When people ask mundane questions, the only answer tends to be ‘Google it.’ I have no time to answer your stupid question since the answer is available everywhere. Available everywhere, you just have to find it. Everywhere is relative at this point. Your truths are not mine to own. But if I had the means to understand yours and you don’t, I will be more than willing to share you my truths and intertwine them with yours so I may show you what works for everyone.
Apathy will kill us. Your hard earned money from selling your exorbitant art or your highly elite intelligence will not feed the masses. Cheesy, huh? Do not even attempt to turn tables. This is not a romantic read.
I am being hypocritical; no, hypercritical. Before you think I am pointing fingers at you, let me remind you that I am talking to myself first. It is such a pain in the ass to question one’s self. The only advantage I get is that I judge myself even before other’s do. From where I come from, we missed the point. I do realize that some people are easy to influence and others are too difficult to even listen.
Another post I saw: why shouldn’t taxpayers be the only voters instead? At first thought, I said why not? Right? They have at least paid their taxes to the government, capable may be intellectually and are only nothing but rightful to claim it? These are the good, intellectual and critical citizens anyway. They can decide what is right for the nation. I was a click away from liking this status. Shoot me. I suggest you read that again if you agree. Boom! I just hit you on the head.
On second thought, if the masses were not able to pay their taxes, wouldn’t we find out first why, before we deplete yet another of their measly rights? Would that not result in inequality? Regardless of socio-economic status, the right to vote is for everyone. If the masses were not allowed to vote for the simple question of taxes, then why don’t we just create another country where everyone is rich, educated and elite? And the word ‘right’ should be replaced by ‘privilege’ instead. Then we begin making our own needles to weeding our own rice? Now, you brand me as unreasonable and illogical.
More so, who are we to brand ourselves educated, learned and nothing but rightful to any intellectual gathering? Who are we (the few) to decide what is beneficial even for the masses? Have we decided to climb up and leave the rest below? Are we on the side of the tyrants up there? (No point in referring to the social triangle. It’s common sense. Now, it’s prejudiced.) Operation: Abort Masses. Leaving democracy. Entering oligarchy. [read in sci-fi voice] Why do we have such right to question the masses who sell their vote for the amount that would not even last a month to sustain them? Have we missed to look beyond the act? Is it remotely possible that a person sells his vote just for tripping? S/he sells his vote to mess up the nation. Or is it purely desperation to have a means of living for a single day? Where is the desperation coming from?
with great angst,
**There is never a safe side but you need to take sides or else you are at war on both sides. So many times I wanted to spit bad words into the post but I controlled myself. Who knows I might win a Nobel Peace prize for writing this. Now, that is stupid. *Slow clap, please.