"Certain marks of colonization are still manifested by the people. I have arbitrarily identified these marks as dependence, subservience and compromise." (I add compromise of our homeland and at our peoples' expense) - Dr. Pura Santillan-Castrence
In my usual blog salutation "WHAT WE FILIPINOS SHOULD KNOW" I wrote:
....There is a need to look inward and realize some unpleasant truths about ourselves as Filipino individuals and as a society. It involves a "shaking of the foundations" or a "rocking of the boat" since it requires us to question our traditional beliefs and values, assumptions or notions. We need to seek an understanding of "why we are what we are, where we can or should be headed," and to therefore be able to formulate ways to attain where we can or should be.
Before everything, let us remind ourselves that we Filipinos have many and known good qualities, just like people of any other country. We all know this fact. However, let us not dwell on them since the objective here is not towards self-congratulation nor to hear/read what we want to.(see: http://thefilipinomind.blogspot.com/2005/10/seeing-philippines-through-eyes-of.html)
The task here is to highlight our weaknesses so that these may in turn be corrected. I believe and think that only through a critical self-analysis or self-examination (ala preparatory to confession some of us learned in Catholic schools) can we change for the better. I am convinced that such an exercise will allow us to pursue truths however shocking and unpleasant they may be.
It is only when we have "come of age," when we have come to think for ourselves as an independent people with human dignity, with our own cultural heritage, national pride and sovereignty can we act and work in unity for our own truly, permanent liberation from the dehumanizing conditions imposed by our so-called leadership in government and business and their foreign partners.
If we are honestly concerned with our homeland beyond simply wishing for the better or fatalism, if we want fundamental changes to improve in the long-term the human conditions for the majority of our present and future countrymen in the homeland, it behooves us to do such a self-examination.
We must look critically at what we are and why, examine the history and nature of our society which must be changed, then determine the direction of those changes. Finally, we must enlist the energies of that majority to effect such changes [facilitated by such knowledge and understanding.
In the past, I have posted several essays about our so-called Filipino values (click Fr. Vitaliano Gorospe SJ and Fr. Jaime Bulatao SJ in blog sidebar); and below article is a new find that presents some of our Filipino traits which seem to imply our Filipino outlook/world view on human existence or life, our Weltanschauung, to borrow a fancy term from Marx.
In the article, author Prof. Emerita Quito shows us the two possibilities/functions of our so-called Filipino values, I add, in terms of individual or group/community/society/country benefit [for individually selfish benefit or the common good].
Thus, let us appreciate the fact that applied to our majority, i.e. our society, these values have the potential of working for our human upliftment/national betterment; or leading to our predicament (this latter which seems to dominate our society for so, so long).
I think and believe where we are and where we are going greatly depend on how much conscious awareness and understanding we have about our traits (as "dictated" by our beliefs and values) and how we act based on such knowledge. Obviously, education beyond "education for jobs" is imperative, i.e. liberal education that aids the development of critical thinking.
But as any thinking Filipino knows and realizes, education is no absolute guarantee of collective or social consciousness, which in turn can not guarantee acting for the common good. The Filipino has/is witness to so much insatiable, and systemic corruption by our educated fellowmen. However, education is a good start. At the end of the day, I think and believe that we are not born "tabula rasa." We are born with and shaped by nature (our genes/DNA, native IQ - can be improved on) and by our nurturing environment/milieu (our parents/guardians/role models, acquired knowledge from education and experiences).
Based on where we have become as supposedly and self-proclaimed Christian people, our highly influential Catholic Church and Catholic/Christian schoolings have failed, have not worked well in instilling an authentic Christian living, i.e emulating Christ for the common good in our homeland. Instead, these religious institutions tend to cater to the children of the rich and powerful; and inadvertently or not, led their followers to practicing "split-level" Christianity despite their proclamation of [and thus, paying lip-service to] "being for the poor."
Prof. Quito alluded to us Filipinos as being "other-wordly," which I think and believe is true. Our Filipino-type of Christianity has stressed one of the Beatitudes, i.e. "Blessed are the Poor..;" which is apparently taken literally by these priests, ministers and the masses; and thus play neatly into Marx's dictum " religion as the opium of the people."
While many of us Filipinos console ourselves with the thoughts of the afterlife of "heavenly reward" and thus not attending nor exerting time and effort to fixing our socio-economic and political predicaments, our so-called rulers in business, government and military with their foreign partners laugh at us on their way to their banks.
THE AMBIVALENCE OF FILIPINO TRAITS AND VALUES -
I will use oriental yardsticks to measure success or failure for it would be unfair to use Western standards to evaluate our Filipino traits. For example, is a materially comfortable life with physiological ailments more successful than a materially deprived life without physical ailments? Is the image of Juan Tamad waiting for a guava to fall such a reprehensible, if not scandalous, picture? Is the similar image of Sir Isaac Newton, also resting under a tree, more refreshing?
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