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As the Smoke Clears

The king of comedy, the king of boxing, and the king of entertainment turned out to be not three kings but three stooges!

Well, we all live in our own virtual  world. Everything is real but only in so far as each world of virtual reality.

Meantime, in the objective world, it proves only that things sold primarily by their own merits and not really because of who endorsed them. At the end of it all, Manny P is still the best boxer – now another head to count in congress, while Willie R is the highest paid entertainer, and Dolphy is still Dolphy always the comedian. And, mommy Deonisia, whose movie flopped, is no more than the mother of the boxing champ, no more and any less. Popular actor Kabayan Edu for Vice president did not win in any province. Not even big winner Noynoy swayed his voters for a clean Aquino-Roxas swift sweep in the race.

Some popular Stars won and some of them did not. The politics of popularity as alleged and believed by some is history and has become a myth.

I guess we all live inside our own well, drinking our own concoctions too, and got intoxicated ourselves! I mean, make-believe affects only people who live inside that world of make-believe. And pastor Quiboloy exists only in his own little different world far from being a king maker in Philippine politics. There is only one proven religious vote in the Philippines and that is the Iglesia Ni Kristo.  [And they used to be very discreet about it because in some places and times it could also be a kiss of death.] However, majority of Christian Filipinos believe in the separation of church and state, in Democracy. Politics is another intricate world by itself very distinct from religion and entertainment.

Interesting however is [the defeat of] Mar Roxas who has been a consistent winner in all the surveys until a week or two before election. Between him and Jejo Binay are about 800 thousand votes which meant only a difference of around 400 thousand votes, actually. I guess a lot of small mistakes seemingly insignificant blunders by him accumulated to a considerable loss. Also, Chizz Escuderos’ endorsement of Binay where there is even ground, I think, paid. And also, while everyone tried to identify with the “masa” I guess Mr Binay edged.

But I think one of the biggest misfortune of Mr. Mar Roxas was the absence of the Erap factor in the vice presidency. What’s that? If Erap was barred from running it can be said that Senator Manny Villar would have possibly probably won.  At the onset, apparently everyone saw Erap as their advantage to have really questioned the matter which in one such petition the Supreme Court decided in favor of Erap anyway.

The Erap and the Villar votes sum up greater than the Aquino votes. And what we see Aquino votes is probably less if the opportunistic block votes – the types who, for their reasons go only with who they see is sure winner, are fragmented.  Unlike in the presidency, the race in the vice presidency became more of a one-on-one contest between Mr. Roxas and Mr. Binay.

With the PCOS reports at over 90% in, and still hoping victory, Mr Roxas needs banging howling unbelievable miracle to overturn history from this point.  What’s that? That’s my description of matter that people won’t be able to explain and that nobody will believe anyway.

Some 90% results by COMELEC/PPCRV in about 48 hours is amazing in the history of elections in the country.

I missed writing posts these past two months. Filipinos indeed “celebrate Presidential elections as if  ……. “. I usually write with the situation out there in mind i.e. what the nation is feeding in real time, that which I feel is interesting. However, in the case of the presidential election, that being the situation, I thought it better observing at the side rather than joining the fray.

But, really, in the community where I have lived, life was as normal as could be all the while of the election period.  Yes, Sire/Ma’am, there exists a so called silent majority in politics. It is one world where I would like to believe I belong in. Or, maybe it is the world where I used to be, because by authoring a blog I have, in fact, now become part of the noisy minority. Partisan and politicized people comprise a very minor part of communities, of the whole nation, actually. Politics for many Filipinos is simply looking at their left, looking at their right, and then casting their votes.

The loud difference is in media and also in the world of high-tech communications – the internet. Indeed, it was mostly about politics in connection with the May 10th polls in there. There were the pre-election surveys and the noise that came with them. There were all the noise about the first automated election in the country and about the machines to be used. There were all the noise about the candidates; some did not even spare their cats and dogs.  And a lot more in politics for Filipinos.

I guess media, or should I say people running media, simply dished out what they think should be fed the nation – or what they think would interest the nation. And they can’t be wrong because the place is where intellectuals, most of them are very concerned of issues related to governance, are mostly tuned in for information. Filipino farmers and farm workers are more interested in radio and TV soap operas than by anything else. And generally, they are computer illiterates.

For those bored by televisions I guess nobody can do anything about it. Like one radio commentator I heard once, that if people did not like what she’s been saying on air, then people should throw away their transistor radios out the window!  Like, if you feel indignant because absurd people like mommy Deonisia [I never met anybody who approved of her!] is being forced on your senses, then bash your TV. No, we don’t do that. Since there is no escaping, the trick is to learn to be tolerant. We are a free country allowing freedom of beliefs as well as freedom of expressions. You can be more tolerant by identifying each thing and putting them in their perspective folders of the mind so you don’t get mixed up, polluted, hurt inside, or worse corrupted by some of them. [Bio-computers do not have ability to delete. They can only modify what is in the memory.]

Expect all noises to linger a while over something that is all-time loud – politics.  Haahhh, is not it nice for Filipinos that election has [almost] left 🙂


Cashing In On the Gullible – Nationalism

Liberalism is associated with freedom, with human rights. Like, man has right to travel and to move freely, free of political restrictions. That man should be free to be anywhere he [they want] to be. That’s the human spirit moving towards oneness, folks. In fact, advanced countries have been moving towards that goal. In regions where countries are about equal in potentials, usually people will want to travel for reasons except economic opportunism. For a start some countries no longer require visa of their neighbors.

But those countries don’t extend that policy to all.  This has little or nothing to do with race or nationalism. The reason is obvious; they will be swarmed and swamped by the third world that are fleeing their country mostly for economic reason, which by itself is deemed nothing wrong except for the many negative complications that it will cause the host country.

Nationalism and the Filipino People

Nationalism has its deep root at race.  It is one recognized and acceptable form of racism actually. It is a norm by present-day people. Simply and nicely defined, nationalism is one’s love for own country and its people.

nationalism [násh’nəlizəm] noun

  1. desire for political independence: the desire to achieve political independence, especially by a country under foreign control or by a people with a separate identity and culture but no state of their own
  2. patriotism: proud loyalty and devotion to a nation
  3. excessive devotion to nation: excessive or fanatical devotion to a nation and its interests, often associated with a belief that one country is superior to all others

nationalist, noun adjective

Nationalism is one popular political issue. Adolph Hitler rode on it. So did Mao Zedong and all other revolutionary movements. They have no monopoly of it, though, because everybody going for power somehow rode, or hopes to ride, on that popular matter, too. Who in politics does not in any way?

President Elpidio Quirino had “Filipino first policy” for his trademark.  Even media, those which are obsessed about ratings, employ them… focusing on race where the matter is in fact irrelevant or needless. Filipino is one of the most repeated words of shows like Wowowe which is actively promoting Filipino. Of singers and songs, there are a lot of them. And ex-President Joseph Estrada says he is running for President this 2010 “…para sa masang Filipino.” Manny Pacquiao, behind the line “dala ko ang pangarap ng bawat Filipino” was not outdone. I guess it must have sounded more preposterous if the ad says dala ko ang pangarap ng bawat tao.  [He is the current supreme human in his category, actually.] But why did not they just say “dala ko ang  pangarap ng bawat isa sa inyo.” And, cannot a commercial product be sold on its  own merits by him?  🙂 Things sold by their own merits or they stayed because they delivered, mind you.

Filipino is a word that has evolved. It means of the Philippines, its people. During colonial time it was a term applied to island-born Spaniards and Spanish mestizos to differentiate from Spain-born or full-blooded Spaniards.  Of  no  Spanish blood were referred to as Indios.

Ok, one thing good in promoting Filipino [synonymous Bayan] in the country is because the country is composed of many ethnic groups. Promoting Filipino erodes tribalism or Philippine regionalism. But this has to reconcile with Philippine commitment to the world – man’s commitment to the human race itself. Pushed or carried too far, Filipino [or whatever nationality] boils down to what it really is – bare racism by naked racists behind it.

Nationalism is purely a political issue. By invoking or promoting nationalism, one is in fact  involving  the self in a political exercise, one is aware of it or not. And except for being political, nationalism is irrelevant in many matters, actually. Let’s take creation of more jobs and alleviation of poverty in the country, for example. Does the color of money, the color of people, the imaginary lines of the world, or the political lines drawn in the map, matter in there? As we can see clearly, the answer is no. If there are relevant issues in there, they are about social justice, social-economic-environmental impacts, or anything other than race or nationality.

Nationalism is behind protectionism which is considered counter-progressive and against consumers’ interest. It is against freedom of competition. It is  about protection of industries that might  not be competitive and/or are incompetent [in  price and in quality of products or services].   There might be legitimate issues but, again, definitely they must have nothing to do with race or nationality, and  politics – meaning politicking.  [Nobody escapes politics.]

politics [póllətiks] noun

  1. theory and practice of government: the theory and practice of forming and running organizations connected with government (takes a singular verb)
  2. policymaking activity: activity within a political party or organization that is concerned with debate and the creation and carrying out of distinctive policies rather than merely the administration of the state (takes a singular or plural verb)
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In the other hand because of the rise of anti-racism, some may drop mention of race or nationality yet may have trace or smack of them.

Talking about race, I’m reminded of dormitory life when I was a young student in Cebu. Ilonggos were like birds of same feathers, me among them there.  In the other side was the Bisaya block composed of Cebuano, Waray, Boholano and minorities from Mindanao. I remember the mutual ridicule, dislike and mistrust between the two blocks. It was a situation that existed before I came, so there’s no telling who started what. I guess tribalism was already a way of life even before everyone there was born. Like they say, racism begets racism. Now, that reminds me of Adolph Hitler, the Jews and by-gone history.  It might have been the Ilonggos if not the Bisayans. Or, it might have been the Chinese but incidentally it was the Jews – the Jews and Adolph Hitler, and him  against the world. I mean ethnic cleansing can happen when racists collide.

Tribalism has become taboo in national politics. We already have people from minority ethnic groups who made it in our national elections. Today it would be most stupid for a political aspirant to even mention one’s regionalism [same as religion] in public. Nobody won national election for declaring one is an Ilocano, an Ilonggo, a Bisaya, a Waray, a Moro, a Chinese, whatever, to the nation i the manner like he is proud of it. Promotion of one’s race may also be promotion of its counterparts. Racism is self-isolationism. And when racism is generated, any one is small against a gang of all, thus, is at the losing end.

Every political figure without exception comes from a certain tribe. And political observers usually already knew who is what from gossips. Nobody can do anything about his their origin. And everybody is expected to win in their region. They are accepted and acceptable realities in Philippine politics. Matters end there since race was never made an issue, has become non-issue in politics today. If we look at members of minorities who made it nationally they are well adapted and well-integrated. Nothing indicated them separated from all the rest. That feeling for oneness is reciprocated.

Going back to Nationalism which is a higher form of tribalism, it makes people [no statistic of them] feel good inside. People can be made happy, angry, laugh, or cry, by it. But while Philippine nationalism has its sharp edge pointed at tribalism, it has a double edge that is pointed at the world. Imperialism is no different. It is nationalism pointed at the world, pushed too far to the point of being  unfair or unjust.

Well, a hundred years or a millennium from now, the word nationality will probably mean permanent residence,  address, while nationalism would be funny silly or anything. And nationalist, boiling down to itself, will probably be synonymous with racist that in street lingo today means pig. Actually, there are people who believe that that day has come long time ago. Some of them are maybe playing along with politics when some of them perhaps have their tongues firmly in check. And, yes, there are  ones who simply love spelling things out.

Every word has its use, or is intended to be used. But next time you hear that word Filipino [or any race] mentioned where it is in fact needless and can be omitted or supplanted without losing any point or thought, well, we have a politicking politician there, folks. Or, maybe it’s just another of those… umm…nationalist walking around.

I think politicians should be riding on anti-racism instead. It’s a more popular universal thing that’s in today. Nobody with mind enough loves a racist anymore.

What is my nationality? I am a Filipino. That’s something I can’t do anything about. I’m a proud Filipino if you’ll ask me about that… a proud person actually, an individual with my own personal identity, merits, and demerits  if I screwed up. 🙂

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Nature Dictates and Man Is Slave – Obesity

More and more people are concerned against obesity. To trim and slim people have become multi billion-dollar-industry, actually. I can’t seem to look at scenes in TV where a steel tube is inserted in and out to siphon fat from some flabby person. The whole process is ridiculous in the first place. I can’t imagine. The situation could have been avoided.

Obesity is not limited to the rich of society. The poor, particularly that in urban areas,  among the malnourished have their cases of obesity, too. In urban areas, as the fangs of poverty keep closing in at the poor, poor are retreating to basics, will abandon all but foods.

Filipinos are rice eater. Rice as we know is starch or carbohydrates [sugar], high in energy but low in protein. High protein content in rice is in the bran [13%] but then rice bran is fit for animal feeds.

Obesity is rare in Philippine countryside. Getting meat or rice is not as simple as taking a little walk or taking a ride to and from market. There, people plow, they weed, they harvest, they haul, and they pound to cook and to eat; to do it all over again.  It is not as simple as going to the ref to see what’s for grub. They also walk a lot to socialize.

People have always talked about obesity as a matter pertaining to physical activity, artificial exercise, and food intake. Some have gone to pointing to chemical toxins by advanced civilization as one of the causes. As we know toxins affect liver and nervous systems. Liver and nerve diseases as causes of obesity? That one is new. Yet, others believe that illnesses and diseases are rooted in the mind. Directly and indirectly, I think, they are.

I think some obesity is linked to very little mental activity in people. There are people who think much while others think very little.

People do not just say things out of nowhere. Let’s take the word “lousy”. There are people who are, literally, lousy. That’s right, there are people who you can put lice in their heads and the next day lice will be gone. No anti lice shampoo needed. That’s a fact. Probably lice migrated to heads they found environment-friendly. Maybe some heads are literally hotter than others, I really don’t know except for the fact.

No, I’m not saying that most active minds are automatically geniuses because they are not always the case. I think degree of mental activity is something that developed naturally and became involuntary so that there seems nothing one can do about it when one is in or out. We have words like workaholic associated to that.

Mental activity requires energy greater than many people think, and in my personal observation most active minds are also more often naturally active and lean bodies. Have you been in a situation when your mind race and you tried to keep your body slow or arrested? Hold those fingers and your feet from wriggling! they are energy seeking to be released.  Mind and body  must naturally go together. Anyway, energy  from food intake must be about equal to total energy spent; rarely gaining surplus that we know will be stored as body fat, for one to stay lean.

For an obese person to be also an active mind and body, one must be  extremely a voracious eater – one negative connotation of the word Obese, meaning glutton.

Some people eat small yet they grow fat. That’s a fact. That proves suggests that obesity may also be biologicalgenetic: Efficiency of body to synthesize energy from raw material and efficiency in utilizing that energy. [Like  comparing old-fashioned home appliance that uses high energy when  the work it produces can be matched by energy-saving, more efficient, model.]

Advances in technology must have contributed to the rising cases of obesity. What I am saying is that maybe modern man is less active thinker today than yesterday in addition to already lesser physical activity due to changed lifestyles, plus richer food intake of the modern-day.

I guess everything is a two-way street.  But for most obese  it is more of a one way street. Over supply when there is now little actual demand will be storing or fattening.  Obese condition did not develop overnight.

Science has theorized that it was improved diet that had accelerated evolution of Homo erectus to Homo sapiens and finally to modern man. As man was gaining intelligence his nourishment went less hard to easy. Vice versa, that improving energy intakes supported evolution of size of brain, or supported bigger brains, for more intelligence. He was getting energy more than needed for physical activity. Man developed bigger brains and becoming more intelligent to where he is today.

Anyway, as a young boy I was always obsessed for foods. I remember being always subject of ridicule at the table. I usually ate as that of my father and any of my siblings put together. I had always wanted to be like some of the burly or fat bullies I saw around. One time, father had whispered to mother that maybe I needed some de-worming as I never grew big, and I never grew fat. I have always been lean.

As a construction worker I never had problem with overweight. My worry has always been about not to lose weight.  My struggle is against being underweight. When on the go I have learned to eat heavy at breakfast. I must also take snack at break times, morning and afternoon. Sweets [candies] which are cheaper, practical, and most effective as they are readily liquefied and carried into the blood stream, would be fine. That’s some trick I have learned when I was in the army. Or else, I might be burning body proteins down to my bones in every march and in every swing of a hammer. Today, as semi retired and when out of work, I usually eat only twice a day with just coffee for breakfast and at times of day. It’s called APPETITE, folks.

Appetite is the body regulating itself. I think everybody is just a slave to this thing called appetite. But some people must have their regulator out-of-order. And when appetite dictates ‘grab’ when it should be dictating ‘not in the mood’ or ‘not hungry’, then I guess that person needs handcuffs and shackles to keep him off foods. Teasing some people gluttons does not work. Something stronger than that is dictating. Some obese have simply grown callousness when it comes to that.  🙂

For those with overweight problem, next time you have your hands on some video disc why not try the hard copy version if available, instead? I think reading is more energetic. Reading requires more imaginations compared to seeing fast actions. Or, when not pushing or heaving any of those, I should say, silly gymnast thing, or instead of seating, or lying awake doing nothing , maybe you should have your hands on computer games – the one that requires quicker responses. Spend, spend, and  spend all those surplus, folks.

Gymnastics is good only for keeping flexed. Uh uh, ok, its good for both.

Meantime how about that lice test, folks? We Filipinos are known for cheating but since one can keep the result to oneself, please, no cheat! And don’t forget the count. There is mild, moderate, and high, you know. 🙂

Ideologies Then and Now, the World and the Philippines

Man, by nature, must be freedom loving ever since dawn of civilizations. Democracy is probably the oldest known ideology. Another ideology, Liberalism, became notable in the 18th century.

While Democracy and Liberalism are two distinct philosophies, they have big similarities so that early movements by progressives in Europe, like the French Revolution in the 18th century, have been referred to as Liberal–Democratic.  The Filipino propaganda movement that culminated in the Philippine revolution of 1896 was of that character.

Everything evolves so do ideologies and philosophies. Democracy and Liberalism yesterday and today are not really exactly the same. [The use of the word democracy more often refers to the political system, while liberalism usually refers to ideas.]

The 19th century saw the birth and rise of Marxism. This ideology is a branch-off of Liberalism and Democracy. Marxism is quite similar to them except that it is keen on social classes, social class conflicts and social  class struggles.

Karl Marx [1818 – 1883] came in the time of the Industrial revolution. He called the new and emerging economy as Capitalism. He saw only two social classes in a capitalist society: I. the wage earners that he called Proletariat, and 2. the owners of the means of production that he called Bourgeoisie, which is a word that was associated with “middle class” during the Feudal era.

That human history is about classes and class conflicts that caused societies to change i.e. that because of slave-master conflicts, slave societies gradually transformed into Feudal societies. Slave–master relations became peasant-landlord relationship. That Feudalism in turn gave rise to Capitalism. Peasant-landlord relations became worker-capitalist [employee-employer] relationship. That Capitalism will give rise to another system which he called Socialism.

Karl Marx defined State as an instrument of a class [has always been an instrument of a class, and will always be an instrument of a class]. That class struggle will end only with the end of classes, or in a classless society –  in an envisioned system he called Communism, the ultimate end of socialism.

While Marx himself favored armed overthrow of states, armed struggle is deemed not Marxist law. It was a strategy in their situation. It should be noted that there was no free election like  we have today during his time, or in the time of Vladimir Lenin in Russia and of Mao Zedong in China.

Karl Marx, being a staunch materialist, had history of Slave and Feudal societies from where he based his projections and concepts for the future –  plotting the path of social evolution from capitalism to socialism, and on. The path of social evolution was always been littered with blood.

Marxism is class-partisan. It identifies itself with the working class because it sees this class as a destiny class. In the early days of Marxism the future appeared as one of machines, their owners, and their workers. The symbol for the working class then was strength. Little was seen of the developing “white collar” workers and the shift of the world from ‘strength’ to ‘intelligence’.

In the time of Karl Marx, socialism was only a theory because the first Socialist state, Russia, came to exist only in 1917, followed by China in 1949 – long after his death.

Marxism makes interesting social political study as it affects the whole world. Its influence is global and has dominated more than half of the world today.

One  development in Marxism is the split of forces known as Revisionism. These movements were called Social Democratic [see Eduard Bernstein, 1850-1932. Also, Karl Johann Kautsky 1854-1938]. They are one with Marxism except for the means of achieving end. That at the rate of the initial advances gained by democracy, [right to education, right to vote, and human rights] Social Democrats foresaw armed struggle as becoming unnecessary. With the advances of the industrial revolution, the growth in size of the working class is inevitable. With all that, the political-economic  powers of the Bourgeoisie will recede while advance the political-economic powers of the Proletariat. The bourgeoisie will naturally be eaten up by the proletariat  in the process of social evolution. Revolution in the other hand aims at jumping short what naturally would take time for social change to complete a leap. In the case of slave and some feudal societies, it took millenniums to complete.  Russian and Chinese Marxist revolutions were leaps to Socialism from semi-feudal and Feudal conditions, skipping or aborting the stage of Capitalism.

With Marxist progressives came adversarial words like liberal-bourgeois and bourgeois liberalism. Attributed to them is the set of mind that is centered in the individual or the self with little or no regard for the community. I think Exceptionalism is an extension of them… a lingering spirit of diminishing old  form of liberalism that has not gone extinct yet.

Modern day political contest is a game of numbers. Indeed, will come a time in modern democracy when the so-called bourgeoisie will be at the mercy of the so-called proletariat. Maybe social minority can fall back to tyrannical measures but they are always  futile exercises in the end. Just  a matter of time as seen  in history.

Leftist struggle in the Philippines is basically Maoist. Mao Zedong [1893 – 1976] was a deviation from orthodox [proletariat vs bourgeoisie] Marxism during his time. Mao identified China’s situation as mainly a struggle of Chinese peasants against the Feudal lords. Philippine leftist struggle has been patterned after the Chinese experience.

Applied in legal political struggle, I think peasants versus landlords will not even win seats in the municipality level, much more win seats in district and national levels, in present-day Philippines. It is an issue that has become too sectarian within a sector. It has become obsolete in a diminished feudalism like present-day Philippines. Peasants, to mean landless tenants and serfs, are practically imaginary characters today.

Presently, in the agricultural sector, I think the issue should revolve around advancement of agriculture, something blanket for the whole agricultural sector, which must reconcile with consumers’ interest as they conflict. And within that, is also the class conflict between the  miserable farm workers and the landowners many of whom are not really doing great, actually. Since the mode of production is Capital and no longer Feudal,  Landlords are also imaginary characters.

Let’s face it, why can’t Philippine Leftists win regular seats in congress? I think it is because they are associated with bloody social movements as in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia  that are typical Leninist-Maoist’s, and which scared many Filipinos. Proletariat class-dictatorship to take the place of Bourgeois class-dictatorship is still dictatorship. Dictatorship or just the mere prospect of any of them is no longer popular where democracy has grown roots and gained grounds.

Legal political struggle of leftists in the Philippines was actually designed to support their primary form of struggle, which is to overthrow the state by rebellion. In labor exercises, demands sound good but are non-realistic. Like a two or three-fold increase to the daily wages for example, they usually result to denial by government that gave leftists the opportunity to cite as the futility of a legal struggle.

There is a drawback to that – failure of the movement to deliver gains for the masses of workers.

Social democratic

Pure democratic struggle of the working class, in the other hand, means bearing with the system throughout time . Fighting for what is possible or achievable only in present time.

In legal political contest, definitely ideologies belong or better be left in the classrooms. Legal political contest is basically all about what will sell – real problems of the people in real-time and solutions to them. That is what present day democracy is all about. And it can be compatible with any social system.

A Shining Light in the Dark – the Philippines

The Philippines has a positive economic growth! Malacañang says or predicts a plus 0.03 to 0.04 economic growth for the current year 2009. Would you believe that? We have a light that stands in the dark! Every country in the world is saying that they are registering or expecting negative for the same period.

So, somebody came up with some figures showing that the Philippines has out best the world in weathering the crisis. This is interesting because earlier figures by IMF-World Bank showed negative for the Philippines. I’m no economist and I don’t know how people do or come up with their economic arithmetic. No doubt, there must be economic growth. That’s something expected. Positive growth is another thing. It’s like saying that a ship is pushing at 11 knots against a storm of 10 knots to be gaining 1 knot. Whatever, the simple man in the street does not understand any of them. Fact is, more and more Filipinos are going abroad to find work even before the world’s economic crisis. Fact is, the country today is one of the poorest in the region. Fact is, more and more Filipinos are going deeper into poverty and deprivation.

Let’s go about facts. Something that is seemingly conflicting always comes from one or same facts that caused conflict.  It is views and interpretations of same facts that differed or conflicted. Or, people could possibly be talking of entirely different things while appearing to be in conflict. What are the facts, because facts and truths are the same.

The Philippines is doing great. Right, one can say that. But it is a partial truth and not a total one. It is true only in so far as those who are living above poverty line. When one is beyond poverty, he has surplus earnings actually, and he is in a situation where he may become rich or richer – if he has got that ambition of course. Because we have types who will simply enjoy life when they have that opportunity, which is what life is all about for many of those above poverty. Yes, things like house, appliances, car, jewelries, vacation and the likes. We could be talking there of something like 30% of the total population, or less than that by western standards. What the world calls economic crisis is in fact, to some Filipinos, nothing but economic slowdown, or economic contraction – the latest term coined by whomever.  Filipinos have been buying more brand new cars today when the western world reported decline. That’s mostly by the Filipino business, managerial, and executive castes as usual, surfing high with every economic wave. In the western world construction workers, farmers, market baggers, ordinary people,  they all buy car. Cars are for Hacienderos here.

And we can pretend 70 percent of 90 million Filipinos  do not exist. That would leave 27 million Filipinos, with zero poverty rate! The business climate  in the country is never been dull  is  a fact. The world recession has little impact in the Philippines. They are  all facts, yes, depending where one looks at it.

The Philippines is becoming worst. The situation seems most shaky at around the section where haves and have-nots meet. The present world economic crisis did not make many Filipinos poor. They have in fact become poorer as they were already bellow poverty line when world recession started. They never had amenities normal of people elsewhere in the world. Many Filipinos have long time ago ceased to be part of economic statistics, or factors that contributed to or affecting economic statistics. There is no considerable drop in consumerism contributed by those who have ceased to be economic factors. No wonder we have things now like “positive economic growth” amidst all negatives.

Ok, what we have there are called viewpoints, conflicting [class] viewpoints. We see two truths, two worlds apart, all in one.

Then what is Objectivity? Objectivity is seeing and giving recognition to the A to Z of the matter. Objectivity is impartiality. It is totality, a form of classlessness. Other than that would be frog-in-the-well trying to tell everybody the sky is round and it’s as wide as the mouth of the well. Everybody without exception lives inside a well. That’s right, all people do. Other than that is Superman – alpha humans. But, if one has to summarize a matter briefly, then I guess it is the main that must be given weight. 70% describes the whole better than 30% would!

But what are figures displayed to us all about? I mean, is the nation really progressing as figures would show? Say, we had P95 Mn yesterday when it is  P135 Mn today. That’s amazing growth there, right? Wrong. The figures I showed represent dressed chicken at P95.00 per kilogram then, which now sells at P135.00 per kilogram.  If production was at a million kilograms then that now is still at one million kilograms, what impressed us as monetary growth is in reality stunted economy. And, since population has surely grown bigger today than it was yesterday, the figures are, in effect and in reality, actually, quantitative and qualitative retrogression. Add to that the drop in consumerism because of the economic contraction.  Ah, I’ve been buying less for quite sometime now. So do all the families I see around me.

Sure, there has been a rise of ordinary Filipinos buying motorcycle, lately. Public transport fares have increased. With two wheels now, people save time through hectic traffic. They now ride  head high as owners of vehicles that they can also use for purposes other than  going to and from work. A progressive economic leap for them, no. Savings on bus and jeepney fares are not enough. They have to cut on many things to keep up with monthly amortization. This is more on shifting lifestyle brought about by the situation than by economic progress.

So, what is the higher truth? What is the bigger fact as shown by all the facts?  We have a system here that people have always talked about – Rich-getting-richer while poor-becoming-poorer.  We have a whole that is separated, virtually drifting apart.  There is nothing new to that.  That’s  an old story, older than anybody.

Ok, we have the best managers in Malacañang. We are chugging fast forward. We have positive economic growth. Other than them are lies, deceptions and/or narrow minds.

Meantime Filipinos need foods on their tables, roofs over their heads, clothes to wear, education for their young ones, hospitalization when they get sick, etcetera, etcetera, and not words and numbers that they can hear or see in television but they cannot relate to their everyday existence.  I think this is what made state-of -the-nation address boring every time for Filipinos.  They usually show only achievements instead of showing the objective situation. Comes 2010 whoever seats in the Palace had better be good. I think nothing comes nearest to realism than Senator Miriam D. Santiago when it comes to the situation after 2010.

The Filipino people is very fond of self-flagellation because they celebrate presidential elections as if they have anything to look forward to, and then after only six months they begin to make a death wish for the elected president. That is so Filipino.//Excerpt,  Senator M.D. Santiago

Filipinos are hopeful and wishful people. They dream of becoming a Japan, an America, a Europe, or an Australia. But reality drifts them somewhere else. We have a system that has not worked, without indication that it will work. We have social tensions that have ever been building up. We have a State that is becoming dependent on police and military powers to counteract tensions and to prop itself up.

No, Filipinos do not want to be in a Vietnam, a Myanmar, a China or a North Korea. They are shores farther than Pakistan and the Banana republics wherein I think the country has been consistently drifting. That’s the picture I see, which must be ridiculous and impossible in a country like the Philippines.  I must be seeing warped!

Change reality to change the mechanics. Change the dynamics to change destiny. Now, who’s going to deliver all that, folks? Because Mother Nature has always been on the job, doing things by herself… her own way, people like it or not.

America Sent a Message!

Here’s something I found interesting. Running through the article and through half the comments gave me the impression that American people voted for a President that they never liked. I guess I must be seeing more of hawks and war mongers in there and less of the majority who made the President.

The world has been watching President Obama carefully in the weeks leading to this current North Korean crisis and in the weak response that has followed it. . . .The message Japan and other countries who depend on the U.S. — like Israel and Taiwan, have received is clear: You are on your own. The U.S. lacks the resolve and iron-will to defend you and stare down your enemies.

As an outsider-observer I think President Barack Obama is right. If North Korea is bullying the world, then let the world deal with her. America can always stand beside the United Nations, which is the policeman of the world, than take the matter personally upon herself.

Fact is, peace always comes from third party intervention and never from any of the antagonists that Uncle Sam has already projected himself. By one of any contenders, one must be down and  or dead for peace to finally prevail in that situation, if you call that desirable way for peace.

There must be a final end to the long cold war that should end nicely for the American People.

America should wake up to reality

Half the Americans should wake up to reality. Fact is, Uncle Sam has already isolated himself much more after the Iraq invasion. We all went in there to save mankind. Finding no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq is unspeakable for those who were led into participating in there. If we did not go in there to save mankind, then what was it? The sad truth is that Uncle Sam today is on his own if it’s not for the handful of friends who will stand by him right and wrong. Surely, many will still go with Uncle Sam but only as far there is right. Americans should realize that.

“The U.S. lacks the resolve and iron-will to defend you and stare down your enemies”.

I think it is one hawkish interpretation. Maybe dovish will put it this way: “Ok, folks, Uncle Sam is tired of playing foolish politics, fancying himself as the policeman of the world. Go, see the police if anybody has complaint against anyone else. And everybody stand behind the policeman, please.”

[And I think the world should vote into key positions in the U.N. persons other than those from countries  that are involved in conflicts.]

Maybe there are matters that U.S.A. should stop worrying about. I remembered when North Korea was faced by poor harvest and hunger, U.S. impressed me like it was its obligation to feed the Koreans. Like Nokor will go amok if they’ll go hungry? And Uncle Sam was serving him right by acting like scared of him. So what if the world go hungry by their own fault or because of stupidity by their leaders!

Stuck in the obsolete world of Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Napoleon?

Nokor has impressed me as some sort of a world brat obsessed for big toys that it can swagger at other kids. If Pyongyang is threatening its neighbors, or the whole world itself, great! If he invades the South as it did once, then fine. I don’t think they can even handle populations that are socially, economically and politically advanced than them.

In the other hand he could actually be a cower ruled by paranoids who suspect everyone as interested to grab their territory. I don’t see anybody, not the Philippines. Maybe they are seeing Uncle Sam as the bully. Or, they must be seeing their own shadow and got scared of it. Does not Pyongyang too scared why he wants to arm himself to the teeth? Why else must people spend a great deal of their resources for missiles and bombs when they ought to be spending more for the betterment of their hungry masses? One report said 60% of Nokor’s young population have been malnourished. I’d say, fine, let them make nuke bombs and hide them under their own bed if they think it’s a greater idea! Filipinos have already removed theirs at Subic.

Maybe Americans should stop believing in their myth that mankind will end without them. Fact is, seeking a better life is one universal nature of mankind. I think Mother Nature can be trusted on that. Americans should stop taking upon their shoulders all kinds of burden more than they ought to.

I buy the observation that American economy [industries] has revolved around war – i.e. people catered because there was war, then people mongered so they can cater. I bet nobody can change things overnight. And, I think, that’s what President Barack Obama is apt to – steer in a different direction. Sure enough, half the Americans do not like him for that. A gradual change always started with the first freak. Is not President Barack Obama that right kind of freak? Beside, The glory that was Rome is history.

The world must shape up and stand on their own. You are on your own. I think that is one good message to the world especially from the American people who are being looked up to by many. It’s much better than probably, one way or another, propping up plutocracy and tyranny in some parts of the world, which Uncle Sam may be unable to see of himself because of his blind spots.  He needs to win back respect and not to blemish himself further.

Maybe we all need mirror.

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