Comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla is but the most recent of many people who have pointed out The Truth about Filipinos. And because much of what is true about Filipinos is not pretty, Filipinos, true to their renowned onion-skinnedness, took offense. So like many who had come before him, Carolla now finds himself set upon by The Horde — what in polite company is known as Filipino “society”. Members of the Horde who are flooding Adam Carolla’s FB page are looking for an “apology”.
But see, Filipinos don’t get a lot of things that are inherent to the psyches of most civilised people. And one of the things that Filipinos don’t get is the whole point of apologies. The obvious question that usually follows an apology is What’s next? For most of us, an apology is a resolution of an issue from which one can move on from. But for Filipinos, next steps are a non-issue. That is because Filipino society is not a results-oriented one. If Adam Carolla issues an apology to Filipinos, the question therefore is not “What’s next?” the more relevant question when it comes to the Filipino’s regard for such things is So what?.
So what if Filipinos get their apology from Adam Carolla?
Will it change the fact that Filipinos are renowned for being a bunch of Starstruck ignoramuses?
Will it change the reality that Filipinos built an inherently unjust society, one where a a culture of crime prevails?
Will Filipinos magically fill that immense void in their society where substance should have been?
Will it turn Filipinos’ intellectually-bankrupt society into a clever and imaginative society befitting that of a true 21st Century community?
Will such an apology enlarge Filipinos minds’ allowing it to break free from the debilitating Heritage of Smallness that imprisons it?
In short does an apology from Adam Carolla pass the So What? test?
The Filipino’s need for an apology from Adam Carolla and whoever else made a remark in jest or with tongue-in-cheek that offends their fragile sensibilities is just a small component in an immense complex of neediness that the Filipino psyche is enmeshed in. But because of a lack of a collective vision or an ethic of achieving results, that neediness from which Filipinos derive motivation for their actions is a dead end deal. Indeed, neediness as a source of motivation does not yield the same results as having aspiration as a source of motivation. Whereas responding to neediness results in temporary relief, responding to an aspiration often results in real achievement. As such:
(1) Backward people such as Filipinos are driven by needs; while,
(2) Progressive people such as, well, everyone else, are driven by aspirations.
Filipinos’ need for an “apology” from Adam Carolla is a need that utterly lacks a productive end. If Adam Carolla issues his apology, he will grant the Mob of Filipinos hurling profanities at him and threatening his life and the lives of his family nothing more than temporary relief from their wretchedness. Carolla is only one of many more to come who will stand up with courage and conviction to point out The Truth about Filipinos. And that is an outcome deserving of a people who have historically lacked an ability to develop permanent solutions to the challenges they face. Sure, behind the skirt of “polite” society, needy people like Filipinos eventually get their apology from those who “victimise” them. But at the end of the day, Filipinos’ lack of a convincing answer to the question So what? will stand out as a poignant reminder that Filipinos are nothing more than a people who are World class at being LOW CLASS.