A short tale of Philippine Man and Woman
By Joe America
In the beginning was Man and Woman, animals graced with amazing if imperfect conceptual abilities. These abilities, in the way of all species, developed to assure survival and conquest, for food and other needs, or to eliminate threats. The conceptual abilities grew, knowledge feeding invention feeding knowledge.
Man and Woman became aware of differences, and some differences were called threats and killed.
Man and Woman further developed this sense of others, and from that knowledge emerged compassion and teaching and bonding in communities to become even stronger.
To make communities work well together, Man and Woman developed rules and intricate sets of praise and punishment. Not all communities had the same rules. Some developed classes, one group within a community better than another. Some communities accepted lying as an acceptable form of behavior to keep the strong strong and the weak in their place. Other communities sought honesty in their behavior, for they believed it was more compassionate and helped solve problems better. They had learned that bad information led to bad decisions and weakness, and that lying was a form of bad information.
The Philippine leaders in 1987 agreed to a form of government that sought honesty, compassion, and good decisions. They adopted a democratic, people-first system with Executive and Legislature and Judiciary branches, one complementing while checking the other.
Unfortunately, the new leaders of this system were elected by people who were raised in a class form of community in which lying was acceptable to keep order, one class above the other. Indeed, this became so acceptable that people took up lying to themselves, and believing the lies. They became skilled at recasting information as blames and excuses rather than knowledge and solutions. They elected showmen and other liars to lead them.
The nation’s entire base of information became distorted and turned inside out. Disobeying the rules was praised if it resulted in more wealth and greater power for the leaders and higher classes. Those who obeyed the ideals in the 1987 rulebook were scorned as being deceitful and arrogant. People who became strong under the rules were deemed ambitious, and ambition became a fault rather than a way for the community to become strong.
Philippine Man and Woman began devouring their own strong people. They began making bad decisions, decisions that promoted the strength of manipulative individuals rather than the nation. The nation became a failed state, forever poor, forever weak, forever devouring its own. Within the failed state were many rich individuals. But they were rich only in things. In character, they were beneath cave Man and cave Woman who first bonded in a community to be strong.
Philippine Man and Woman bonded for weakness, and the leaders made it so.
The community made bad decisions on the basis of lies, eluded accountability by casting blames and excuses, and lost any sense of compassion for others, and unity in respect of diversity.
The Philippine Man and Woman proved a very clear point.
Dogs and apes have more community character than Philippine leaders.
Dogs and apes bond for strength.