Yan ang walang kakupas-kupas na status ko sa Facebook.Iyan din ang nakasulat sa unang pahina ng aking organizer book.May printout din ako niyan na idinikit ko sa aking cubicle wall.
Hindi nga kasi perperkto ang life..
at dahil sa hindi kaperpektuhan nito
may mga tao talagang sadyang kontrabida sa buhay mo.
Sa buhay kasi kapag nakagawa ka ng isang bagay
maaring may mga taong umaayon dito
May iba naman na ayaw.
Lalo na ang mga pinoy...
Ang gulo lang. Minsan ok, minsan hindi.
Paano ba naman kasi, sa dami ng mga banyagang sumakop at nang-impluwensiya sa Pilipinas kaya't nagkandahalo-halo din ang ugaling pinoy.
Ang ugaling pinoy ay maaring negatibo o positibo depende sa umiintindi nito. Katulad halimbawa ng:
Negative, because it arrests or inhibits one's action. This trait reduces one to smallness or to what Nietzsche calls the "morality of slaves", thus congealing the soul of the Filipino and emasculating him, making him timid, meek and weak.
Positive, because, it contributes to peace of mind and lack of stress by not even trying to achieve.
Negative, by all standards, because it begins ardently and dies down as soon as it begins. This trait renders one inactive and unable to initiate things or to persevere.
Positive, in a way, because it makes a person non-chalant, detached, indifferent, nonplussed should anything go wrong, and hence conducive to peace and tranquillity.
Pakikisama (group loyalty)
Negative, because one closes one's eyes to evils like graft and corruption in order to conserve peace and harmony in a group at the expense of one's comfort.
Positive, because one lives for others; peace or lack of dissension is a constant goal.
Patigasan (test of strength)
Negative, because it is stubborn and resists all efforts at reconciliation. The trait makes us childish, vindictive, irresponsible, irrational. Actions resulting from this trait are leaving the phone off the hook to get even with one's party line; stopping the engine of the car to prove that one has the right of way; standing one's ground until the opposite party loses its patience.
Positive, because it is assign that we know our rights and are not easily cowed into submission. It is occidental in spirit, hence in keeping with Nietzsche's "will to power."
Bahala na (resignation)
Negative, because one leaves everything to chance under the pretext of trusting in Divine providence. This trait is really laziness disguised in religious garb.
Positive, because one relies on a superior power rather than on one's own. It is conducive to humility, modesty, and lack of arrogance. Kasi (because, i. e., scapegoat)
Negative, because one disowns responsibility and makes a scapegoat out of someone or something. One is never to blame; one remains lily white and has a ready alibi for failure.
Positive, because one can see both sides of the picture and know exactly where a project failed. One will never suffer from guilt or self-recrimination.
Negative, because, being closely related to hiya and kasi, it enables a person to shirk responsibility. One is never accountable for anything.
Positive, because one's psyche is saved from undue embarrassment, sleepless nights, remorse of conscience. It saves one from accountability or responsibility. This trait enables one to make a graceful exit from guilt instead of facing the music and owning responsibility for an offense.
Negative, because one never learns to be on one's own but relies on one's family and relatives. This trait stunts growth and prevents a person from growing on one's own. Generating a life of parasitism, this trait is very non-existential. Blaring music, loud tones are a result of this mentality. We wrongly think that all people like the music we play or the stories we tell. This mentality also makes us consider the world as one vast comfort room.
Positive, because one cares for the family and clan; one stands or falls with them. This trait makes a person show concern for the family to which he belongs.
Mañana or "Bukas na" (procrastination)
Negative, because one constantly postpones action and accomplishes nothing. This aggravates a situation, a problem grows beyond correction, a leak or a small break becomes a gaping hole. This arises from an indolent mentality that a problem will go away by itself.
Positive, because one is without stress and tension; one learns to take what comes naturally. Like the Chinese wu-wei, this trait makes one live naturally and without undue artificiality.
Utang na loob (indebtedness)
Negative, because one overlooks moral principles when one is indebted to a person. One who is beholden to another person will do anything to please him, thinking that by doing so he is able to repay a debt. One condones what the other person does and will never censure him for wrongdoing.
Positive, because it is a recognition of one's indebtedness. This trait portrays the spirit behind the Filipino saying, "He who does not know how to look to the past will never reach his destination."
Negative, because self-centered; one has no regard for others. So long as my family and I are not in need, I do not care about he world.
Positive, because one takes care of oneself and one's family: "Blood is thicker than water."
Naisip ko lang, hindi naman pala sa lahat ng pagkakataon ay nangingibabaw ang ganitong katangian ng mga pinoy. May iilan siguro.
Di ba nga, magiging World Greatest boxer ba si Pacman kung ningas-cogon siya?
O kaya si Charice Pempengco kung nagma-mañana habit siya sa pagpapraktiz?
O kaya ang Azkals kung nagkakanya-kanya sila?
In fairness, kilala na ang mga pinoy hindi dahil sa negatibong katangian kundi dahil sa mga natatanging talentong patok sa buong mundo.
Sige na nga, naiintindihan ko na.
Basta ang importante, sa bawat pakikibaka sa buhay, sa kasiyahan man o kagipitan, walang ibang malakas na nagchi-cheer-up sa pinoy kundi ang kanyang kapwa pinoy.