The Philippine Inferno
By Joe America
This is personal opinion. The whole thing is alleged. Make up your own mind.
Being reasonable is not easy.
- First of all, we get angry or sad. Emotions always drag us off the center line of reason.
- Second, we are all ignorant. There is a whole lot of knowledge we don’t have. But we make decisions as if we had perfect knowledge.
- Third, each of us has an individual history that differs from the next guy’s, so we can’t possibly see a lot of things the same. One of us is one degree toward delusional, from the standpoint of the other.
- Fourth, we are creatures of ego, id, and superego, hidden drives we cannot control by way of rational thought. It’s the same with our bodies. We are beyond our own control. If we have high blood pressure, it is not because we want to have it, it is just that our bodies, like our minds, have a life of their own.
- Fifth, we are moralists, judgmental about what is right or wrong. Religions are bands of people who moralize from the same rule book. But we each, in our own way, make up rules. That’s why a Christian might advocate for the death penalty. Morality often is the business of turning ignorance into truth.
The perfectly rational Spock in Star Trek always looked at humans with a deep mix of curiosity, confusion, irony and disdain, and rightfully so. We are unpredictable. Out of control. In denial much of the time. Delusional the rest.
The contradictions and apparent lies or manipulations emerging from the Duterte Administration are beyond legion. They are well past laughable, and have left regret and pity in the dust.
But it is not just the President.
Legislators cite oaths testifying that they will uphold the Constitution and then go silent as judicial process is denied to thousands of innocents. They know kids are being killed, cops are engaged in rub-outs, and excessive force is being used.
And they turn away.
If they were walking down the street and saw a 9 year old girl being accosted, they’d zig cross to the other side of the street and duck quickly down an alley. “Huh? Didn’t see a thing.”
Then they would go to bed that evening and fall directly to sleep without passing conscience along the way.
They are scared, you see. Scared of losing their position of privilege and power. Afraid that their family and friends will scowl at them if they are not doing what the powerful majority is doing. Afraid of getting kicked off the gravy train.
What’s a 9 year old girl in the scheme of things, to a legislator, eh?
Everyone knows the President makes things up on the fly, that propaganda is the way of government, that the Constitution might as well be bathroom tissue. Most citizens and legislators are fine with this. Satisfied, according to polls. After all, the Philippines is . . . and her needful people largely are . . . an orphan child beaten and abused from birth. Emotions drive interpersonal decisions, not sense.
Bullies are admired by the abused if they can extract revenge against their punishers, the entitled.
All the foundations of reason are knocked silly. Go down the list. Debate is emotional, not factual. Knowledge is neither sought nor applied. There is complete denial of accountability and an amazing ability to rationalize, blame and excuse. The drives of ego, id, and superego form a block wall against which reason falls away as a drop of rain on an elephant’s butt. Everyone makes up their own version of right and wrong and sticks with it even if they harm themselves, as they invariably do.
Circle back to emotions.
Emotional voting. Emotional defense of unreasonable decisions. Defense of lies. Gleeful demolition of good people. Emotional patriotism, found in boxing champs and beauty contest winners . . . but not the principles of democracy.
Democratic principles are the shining glory of reason. They represent the best aspirations of compassionate, fair, intelligent peoples. Democracy grants each of us freedom, sovereignty and independence as an INDIVIDUAL. It grants respect to all. But Filipinos can’t relate . . . and that is the final, exclamatory point of proof, the grand QED at the end of the lesson.
Oh, for sure, for sure, the Philippines is not the only nation behaving badly. Just look at all the chaos and conflict around the globe. People are hard at work abusing and killing people.
But it does seem to me that the Philippines excels at it.
There are precious few here with the courage and honor needed to get the nation back to sense. One person who stood up boldly, Senator De Lima, is being set upon as if she had kicked a hive of human killer bees. Her mistake? She sought information about Filipinos being killed by Filipinos. She asked the nation not to be ignorant.
The nation, under this Legislature, opted for ignorance.
From that, they can make up laws just using their imaginations.
One can only thrive in the Philippines by being a thug, I suspect. Or having the kind of deadened conscience that looks around and ignores what is going down. One that favors manipulation over reason. Senator Cayetano. Senator Gordon. Mocha Uson. Secretary Aguirre. Atty Panelo. Spokesman Anadar. The House leadership.
Fine, fine models for our kids, eh?
This is an entire nation ducking quickly into an alley.
Tom Hanks is starring in the movie version of Inferno.
You likely recall that author Dan Brown was ripped in the Philippines for his portrayal of Manila in the book of the same name. Nasty streets. Poverty. Child sex trade. That kind of thing. He called Manila “the gates of hell”.
In retrospect, I think Brown was too easy on the place. It’s much, much worse than that.
He forgot to address the horror of the Philippine Legislature, where the fairness and compassion . . . and reason . . . built into democracy are supposed to be put into laws that guide the nation.
The Philippine Legislature is where duck and hide is an art form. Courage, compassion and honor seem not to be in the language. And nasty is what the people get because of it. Innocent lives snuffed. Millions fearful and intimidated. Resources and sovereignty gifted to China. Propaganda as the soul of the nation. Brutality, threat, oppression and killing as the mainstream method.
Reason is suppressed. Delusion and manipulation are everywhere.
An entire nation is being trafficked into oppression.
I’d say the nation is well past the gates by now.
Congress . . . the gatekeeper . . . has abandoned its post.