I know it’s been a while since I last wrote something substantial, and not useless on this thing. Believe it or not, that’s actually one of the reasons why I started this “blog”: I wanna write about something that is useful, opinionated, and not stupid. If you know me, then you know I say a lot of stupid things (jokes, crack-ups, false anecdotes, etc.). However, what substantial thing I always say, I leave for my writings.
So I guess you could say that this is one of them. This entry is about why I think we suck as a people. You may like it, or you may hate it… but the beauty of it is that I told you what this would be about, even before you read… so basically you have the option to not read it. So, there you go.
Im sure most of you have seen this on on ze interwebs lately:
And I’m also sure that you all have your own opinions when it comes to this little statement. Some of you may completely agree with this statement, some of you may not (I’m one of them). Some of you may be indifferent, while some of you may be feeling somewhat murderous. But the bottom line is, each and everyone of you are entitled to your own opinion. Nothing can take that away from you. if you wanna love, then by all means, love. If you wanna hate, then hate away my friend.
What I would like to address, however is the effect this tiny little statement, on a random social networking website, aimed to show and what it subsequently brought upon to our tiny 7,100 island nation. Yes, I’m sure the good intention was there, yes, the statement wanted to inform people of certain “injustices” that have occurred over the past couple of months, in a way, it did inform a lot of people (I’ve been seeing this being re-posted a lot). However, at the same time it also brought out the Filipino’s worst trait ever (and perhaps will be this nation’s downfall) crab mentality.
Am I taking sides? Hell no. Am I stating a fact? Yes, yes I am. How is it a fact you say? Think about it… not more than 2 years ago, the Philippine Football Team (Azkals) were at exactly the same situation the Philippine Dragonboat team is right now: They had no support (from any sector), no knew who they were, and yet they still kept at it not only because they wanted to do the country proud, but also because they loved the fucking sport. But true enough, little by little the Akzals started winning matches, and even reached the Suzuki Cup semi-finals (a first for the country) with zero financial support from the government (yes, they failed to qualify for the 3rd round of the World Cup Qualifiers, but answer me this…Is this not the 1st time in the history of the country that we actually reached the 2nd round? Also, can you honestly tell me you could do a better job against the Kuwaitis? If you cant answer me honestly, then shut the fuck up).
And so they became successful. And yes, success comes with a few perks…Okay, a fuck load of perks. But hey, they deserved it. It’s not like they didn’t do shit.
This is exactly what’s happening to the Philippine Dragonboat Team. They were never supported by the government and they still won a shitload of medals, and broke ass-loads of world records. Let’s face it. They are fucking awesome. And, just like the Azkals, they also got a financial backer (Cobra). So yes, they are exactly the same.
So why try to pit them against each other, Philippines? Why the need to pick a side? Why the need to start a war where no one would win? What, do you think that just because the Azkals are good looking guys (I’m not gay, but come on… I’m sure no one will disagree with me on this one) that they don’t deserve the accolades they’re getting now?
It’s because we are a sad, sorry, jealous people. I don’t know what we’re jealous of, but believe me we are. Why do we do this to ourselves? Are we really like crabs? I believe we are. And frankly, I’ve lost all hope. We are losers. Hell, we can’t even get together properly and celebrate 2 of the biggest, iconic, Filipino groups this country has ever seen (at least in this decade) without pitting them against one another, without choosing a side, without bringing down the other. If you don’t believe me, go to your social networking walls/pages/profiles (whatever), look at what you posted (which I’m sure you did), and look at the comments.
Go ahead. Bathe in the hatred, jealousy, and crab mentality you started, and I’m sure you’ll see why we are a sad, sad people.
Thank you Philippines. We suck, and you just helped me prove it.