The Pinoy Delusion

Posted on August 17, 2012

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P|20ud 2 b P!n0Yz are perpetually all over the internet to self-aggrandize themselves as to belong from a melting pot of courage, resiliency and everything good anyone else from the face of this planet lacks in. From words of encouragement during ridiculously avoidable catastrophes such as:

“Baha ka lang, Pilipino ako.” 

“The Filipino spirit is waterproof.”

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Yep! And the Japanese who experienced a comparatively worse calamity do not have this kind of spirit! Their gaman ain’t enough for Pinoy_pride!

To the usual blinded segregationism:

“Best and incomparable workforce”

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Pragmatics defies this poorly-thought notion and clearly proves that many existing languages do make use of indirect responses. In your face, Pinoy.

Some aren’t even careful with their choice of words:

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ORLY? So you consider human rights violators and launderers as heroes too?

With centuries of history pestered with dismay and distrust, the Filipino psyche has continued to be battered like a child in a dysfunctional family. As such, the Pinoy mentality has acclimatized itself to adopt a defense mechanism that desperately garners a very insignificant microcosm of its identity and magnifies it as an enshrined symbol of its own “uniqueness and strength.” A slight praise from a foreigner inflates the Pinoy head by tenfold. This, then, has always been the staple for many Filipinos, online and real life, to accentuate the need in making themselves seem to be apart from the rest of the world, thus, validating their pseudo-PR that banners to everyone else that there’s still something that somehow makes us relevant like they are.

This lame socio-cultural tendency has become not only irritatingly inaccurate, but it has also bred a delusional society that reaffirms to itself that the daily, self-inflicted struggles it withstands are nothing compared to its vaguely-established sense of pride and identity. Petty dissemination of pat-on-the-back adages and non sequitur generalizations about the Filipino identity has come to a point that it has become rather harmful than fostering a culture of sane judgement of reality.

What the Filipino psyche needs is not another barrage of feel-good charades. What it needs is a total overhaul where refocusing of priorities and motivation begins at the school and the home. Mr. Dumdum of Get Real Philippines offers a very good insight on what the Filipino culture is at large and what should we do in order to “fix” its holes. True enough, it’s also not just about sweeping educational reforms or national advocacy hoohahs that are needed for us to transform this country into what we all envision it to be. What we need is to reset our perspective of every little detail that we do and think of everyday. Culture does not form in a day or two; it is grown gradually even through the idiosyncrasies that we have in every minute of our lives.

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