In the movie Inception the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio leads a team of dreamweavers on a mission to implant a concept in the inner reaches — three levels down, to be exact — of a powerful industrialist’s subconcious. The expectation here is that an idea that originates at even the lowest depths of one’s subconcious ultimately manifests itself in one’s behaviour during the wakeful hours. The mission of DiCaprio’s character’s team involves the inception of an idea deep in their target’s mind that will cause him to make a decision in the real world that is designed to ultimately serve the interests of Di Caprio’s character’s employers.
For avid conspiracy theorists, the premise behind the film Inception could serve as an interesting theoretical framework that could be used to explain the increasingly bizarre behaviour of writer Conrado de Quiros. Perhaps a crack team of Yellow Army dreamweavers had at some point in the past plumbed the mind of the venerable Inquirer.net columnist. It would have been a far easier mission. I doubt if anything beyond a first level of subconsciousness exists in the man’s mind.
In his latest Inquirer.net piece, de Quiros exhibits possible symptoms of the outcome of such a hypothetical mind invasion. To his credit, I find his adherence to two key ideas — both rapidly degenerating in the wake of the bumbling administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III — rather interesting.
In that piece, de Quiros goes on “record” to respond to what seems to be increasingly critical scrutiny expressed by some un-named people acrosss “a few blogs and articles” applied to his writings in the Inquirer.net over the last few months or more. His wordy and painfully convoluted treatise on the position he takes on today’s politics focuses on two neat packages that such a crack team could have skillfully delivered and, today, imprison the eminent journalist’s mind.
The above concept is also more poetically termed the “Noynoy phenomenon” by de Quiros in his piece. It basically harks back to how Noynoy supposedly “suddenly [left] everyone biting his dust” in the 2010 presidential elections. The man de Quiros uses this as evidence that the public “did not see him as an ordinary candidate joining an ordinary election”. Quite bizarrely, this contradicts what he says earlier in his article, that these elections were merely “incidental”. How could you use the election as proof of how exceptional a candidate Noynoy is after downplaying its role earlier?
Indeed, de Quiros engineers a clever assertion that disguises what is really just a moot curiosity of hindsight:
If the elections had not been around the corner, I was fully convinced the storm that gathered during Cory’s funeral march would have broken into a full-blown public uprising, like the last two Edsas.
Of course we will never know if de Quiros’s conviction around the above speculation held water at the time he supposedly was visited by such “insight”. That’s the power of engineered hindsight. Clever words can make people fall for what are otherwise plain non-sensicals. In de Quiros’s thought framework, this specific measure of hindsight is a lead up to the pièce de résistance of the buffet of moronisms he regularly serves the hapless readers of the Inquirer.net mainly that…
The bigger picture is Edsa.
Conrado de Quiros reiterates that the 2010 elections was “an Edsa masquerading as an election” (one of his moronisms that I took apart a while back), perhaps implying that it was an “Edsa” that, in the bigger scheme of things, 40 percent of Pinoy voters gave a thumbs-up to and not Noynoy per se. This bizarre claim constitutes the crux of de Quiros’s attempt to weasel his way out of the million-dollar question that he himself states:
[D]id I campaign for Aquino?
The many many words that follow revolve around what is basically de Quiros’s simple assertion: He (de Quiros) wanted a revival of the “Edsa spirit”. And thus, de Quiros makes out that President Aquino to him is a mere tool (which he, pardon the pun, is turning out to be, as it turns out) in this grand but nebulous schema residing in his little mind.
It is in that context that the man hides behind a “depends-on-what-you mean-by [insert concept here]” clause to keep his options open; as in try asking him the above question and he goes “Depends on what you mean by campaign”. From this laughable foundation he then proceeds with stacking his house of cards ever higher. As mentioned earlier, the intellectual process is as painful as it is convoluted. In de Quiros’s view, “not wanting to be president” is the mindset framing Noynoy’s presidency that he shares with his mother — that other “spirit” of de Quiros’s “Edsa” — and is what sets him apart from the average Pinoy politician today. In this way, he emphasises that these tools merely gravitated (against their will, de Quiros cannot emphasise enough) into a cause or “phenomenon” that is bigger than their individual personal motivations and agendas — the “Edsa spirit”.
Effectively this excuses Noynoy, his mother, and any person de Quiros sees as subsumed by this made-up “phenomenon” of his — this “Edsa spirit” — from accountability for failure or, at best, mediocre results (basically the broken promises facing Noynoy’s administration even now).
Said by the man Conrado de Quiros himself: “like the last two Edsas”. No distinction is made on their outcomes. Only a beholdenness to their occurence is expressed — as if their happening was the end in itself.
Just say it straight, Mr de Quiros. Your claim today is that you were campaigning for the bigger picture — this “Edsa spirit” that lives in your mind — and not Noynoy Aquino. Fair enough. As you say, you are entitled to your own personal motives and agendas (who isn’t anyway?). And indeed, nobody is suggesting that you have “deviated from [your] original proposition that the elections were an Edsa masquerading as an election”. Indeed you have not. Not at all. And that is my point. An idea, or set of ideas, flawed at its core remain stubbornly lodged in your mind as the cornerstone of the complex of bozoic ideas that you infest our society with.
If there was such a thing as a condom designed to halt the spread of deadly memetic diseases, you should be wearing one.