Monday, October 24, 2011
Again, but what is Filipino?
In view with the recent attacks or crimes everywhere, I started to question again the mindset of our Filipino brothers and sisters. People are fighting because of misunderstanding. But in war, there are no winners but only casualties, children without parents or parents without children. Brothers are fighting with brothers or sisters are cursing one another. But why? Any reason for this? But what is Filipino?.
Filipinos are people from the Philippines. More than 92 Million Filipinos are living in the Philippines while 11 Million are living or working outside the country. Crimes are everywhere, whether Muslims killed Christians, Christians killed Muslims, Muslims to Muslims or Christians to Christians, It is not about Religion anymore, it’s about the character of a person and attitude towards morality, but what is morality? From the dictionary, Morality is the differentiation among intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are good (or right) and bad (or wrong). A moral code is a system of morality (for example, according to a particular philosophy, religion, culture, etc.) and a moral is any one practice or teaching within a moral code. The adjective moral is synonymous with "good" or "right." Immorality is the active opposition to morality (i.e. good or right), while amorality is variously defined as an unawareness of, indifference toward, or disbelief in any set of moral standards or principles.
But who and what is the basis of morality if people in one country have different points of view, set of standards or religion? What if the good to some religion are bad to some? Some even said that they are the only ones who will be saved in times of Armageddon. This is confusing, but our government is made of standards from diferent morality, the government is composed of different people with different moralities, they set the law and made it as the “Constitution”. In this case, everyone elected somebody who will lead us to what morality really means, here comes the President, the Senators and Congressmen. Let’s pretend that nobody disagree.
A great Filipino is one who has had the intellect and the courage to put more sense where the theologians and the politicians in cahoots together have put only nonsense making for our sick society. In the 500 years of Christianity in the Philippines , only one rare Filipino had the courage and the intellect to stand up against great odds to be a great Filipino - Jose Rizal - a truth-seeker, a scientist, and a humanist. To keep the Filipino frightened of the truth, however, Rizal was publicly executed by those in church authority - the ecclesiastical liars gifted with a free will from divinity to promote in the Philippines social insanity.---Poch Suzara.
Thanks to Carlos Celdrans’ ceiling and mirror for this “But what is Filipino” and if you haven’t been to his 1930’s “The Living Room” apartment, you might never know what I am talking about here. Carlos is an artist, tour guide, Reproductive Health advocate and the one after Rizal and Ninoy and might face a 6 years inprisonment if found guilty of violating “Offending the religious feelings” and why Ninoy? " The Filipino is worth dying for" but then killed by fellow Filipinos? well some said it was CIA's, hearsay or not, I believe that using intellect, there must be love too. Rizal, Ninoy and Carlos for the country, not for their own benefits but for others. Ridiculed by fellow Filipinos or Pinoys for making a difference, to stand alone as long as for the righteousness and for the majority.
To ridicule is easy especially if the topic is religion, but what is religion? Sometimes, one forget that they are not attacking the religion but the individual alone. As I will repeat over and over again. It's not about religion, race or gender. It’s about the character of the individual, its who you are, Atheist or Theist, both have flaws, both have points but united as one we could reach the highest impossible goal. You think it would be much better if both are fighting for a common cause? Which is for the betterment of the next generation. Stop typing and start acting, stop the fighting and start to do something because in this lifetime, theres gonna be no UTOPIA.
Posted by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas at 5:32 PM