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Nasaan ang kaluluwa ng Pilipinas

Elihu Vedder - Soul in Bondage - Google Art Project (mwFWSnRRJpG1ZA)ang tanong ko sa panahon na ito. Simpleng alitan sa trapik patayan na (link). Ano ba iyan, basta na lang magalit ka sa tao sa trapik dahil sa munting alitan, papatayin mo na?

Sa ibang pangyayari, tinatanong naman ni Sec. Aguirre sa taongbayan kung “sino ang isusunod” (link) kay De Lima. Kung ang mga supporter ng Presidente galit sa isang tao, “isusunod” na nila – sa anumang paraan?

Itanatanong ng iilan doon kung tao pa ba ang mga adik. Ang tanong ko naman, tunay na tao pa ba ang mga nagtatanong ng ganyan? Tao sa mas malalim na kahulugan, taong may kaluluwa, hindi mamatay-tao.

Ano naman iyang sinabi raw ni Sandra Cam sa rally kahapon: “masarap ang pumatay at mamatay para sa bayan” (link)? Sino bang nasasarapan sa pagpapatay kundi mga baliw, o kaya aswang at zombie?

May mga adik nga na parang mga aswang o zombie na wala nang kinikilala. Pero tila nawawalan na rin ng kaluluwa ang maraming “normal na tao” diyan sa Pilipinas.  Bakit kaya? Hindi ko masabi. Nakakalungkot na.

Irineo B. R. Salazar

München, ika-26 ng Pebrero 2017

5 comments to Nasaan ang kaluluwa ng Pilipinas

  • karlgarcia

    In that artiicle above, Tonyo Cruz called the Duterte Youth BBM youth.
    He also called the Yellows, “Yellow opportunists”.

    But I think he is a bit correct in saying EDSA should also a celebration for moving on.

  • karlgarcia

    We need deep soul searching.

    • I think it is simply hiding on Bert’s island, waiting for better days to come.

      • Thinking about similar situations where people starting acting crazy or more as groups… being totally overwhelmed by things must play a major role.

        could it be that the culture is overwhelmed by the big city, by the stress of modern life – especially without modern mechanisms of order to cope with it?

        used to be people somehow got by, Manila was always a chaotic city, but the UNWRITTEN rules worked somehow, until a critical mass was reached I think.

        there always were differences between rich and poor, but I think they are extremer now – like having Singapore and Nairobi side by side in the same city?

        That one group is very frustrated and the other scared is not surprising. Then the past 15 years with Internet etc. have brought the modern world in very quickly.

        One must not forget that (just an impression) the culture still was relatively traditional until the 90s or so – modernization may have caused disorientation.

        All the old values and the old politeness no longer count as much, but there is no new order – this could also neatly explain the need for someone to “lead the way”…

        • The Japanese and early postwar periods are also described (by Agoncillo) as periods of crisis were old values were destroyed. Every country has periods like that, when circumstances change and the culture has to realign its values to bring back some degree of order. Sometimes it is convulsive, sometimes it goes well. What I suspect in the Philippines also is that both “yellow” and “loyalist” crowds may not have realized that the 1980s are LONG over – it is a very different country now. Somehow obvious and I think if you ask anyone, they will say “I know” – but the recipes of both sides look like they are designed for the long gone place of before. Realizing things can’t go on that way, many I guess are frustrated yet inarticulate – the weakness in articulation, keeping things bottled up, is so very Filipino..

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