Unfortunately, benny, any and all Filipinos are entitled to their own opinion, and groups of Filipinos of their own opinion should not be seen to demonstrate the dysfunctions of the whole.
You’re getting to the point of using anything and everything done by an individual or even a group of Filipinos to demonstrate that malaise.
But then that’s the same as the way most self-described “patriots” keep highlighting urban legends like that Pinoy who invented the moonbuggy, flourescent lighting, and water-fuelled cars, or achievers like Pacquiao and Lea Salonga, or beauty and reality/telent show titlists/finalists, etc. and then coming to the conclusion that Pinoys are “world-class” and so “galeng“. They’re opposite ends of the same stick.
However there is a big difference that puts the “getrealist” end of the stick at the higher end of the intellectual hierarchy.
The “getrealist” style (as Limjap cites) picks up specimens of said malaise, and draws conclusions from said observations, true. But we go one leap further and incorporate these observations into the progressively developing framework of malaise made up of the various conceptual constructs that can be found all over GetRealPhilippines.com (The Borg).
Now if Filipino Triumphalists (the “getrealist”‘s antitheses — The Anti-Pinoy embodied) can do the same and, for every instance of Filipino individual excellence exhibited, can then demonstrate that such a specimen of excellence can be naturally slotted into the context of a similarly progressively developing framework of achievement, wouldn’t that even the playing field and provide a formidable and real challenge to the “getrealist” thesis?
If such a framework of excellence can be developed — underpinned by instances of concrete individual and sub-group achievement that roll up coherently to a collective but singular thesis of Filipino Excellence — presto!: you have a unified anti-thesis to GetRealPhilippines.com that poses a real challenge to it.
Hey wait a minute… That harks back to my old question to all…
… which to this day remains a question unanswered by the self-described Filipino “patriot”.
For the “getrealists” it is easy — Filipinos stand for:
– Pwede na yan (“That’ll do”)
– Bahala na (“Come what may”)
The challenge then for those who find offense to the “getrealist” thesis on Filipinos is to step up and come up with a similar framework of Filipino Excellence. Obviously no amount of foot-stomping and denial of The Truth will get us anywhere in our efforts to stand up with pride as a people of clear conviction on the World Stage.
In a recent article I posted on FilipinoVoices.com which I titled “The Idiocracy that is the Philippines“, I issue the following reality check on those who presume to keep score on Filipino “achievement”:
Achievement is not a compromise, and losers measure it in relative terms rather than in absolute terms.
…and closed my piece with the following brainwave that adds a bit of meat to my standing challenge to the self-described Filipino “patriot”:
Achievement becomes a simple business, when we simplify our targets, standards, and aspirations.
It is simple, folks. Really™.