I’ve received some CONTRIBUTIONS to my positive and negative lists; and the suggestion that a third list be added – “Interesting.” I’m not sure exactly what would fit under that category, but I’m gonna give it a whirl.
INTERESTING THINGS about Filipinos.
- Are hard-core catholics but believe in ghosts, reincarnation, fortune-telling, and feng shui
- Consider children their offspring as economic assets
- Indulge in a lot of pre-lotto winning spending
- tend to be meta-positionists, i.e., given two opposing sides of an argument (’A’ and ‘B’), he/she tends to formulate a third position (’C’)
There’ya go. Now have at it!
Socrates was considered the wisest of men because he was able to look at himself and admit his shortcomings. In particular, he was able to say of himself that he didn’t know anything and was therefore free to seek answers without prejudice as to who he sought it from.
Paracelsus was the same. He wrote:
“I went in search of my art, often incurring danger of life. I have not been ashamed to learn that which seemed useful to me even from vagabonds, executioners and barbers. We know that a lover will go a long way to meet the woman he adores – how much more will the lover of wisdom be tempted to go in search of his divine mistress!”
Taking example from these masters, I was inspired to exercise a little bit of Socratic honesty by listing down as many of the CRITICISMS raised against Filipinos that I’ve heard, and setting them alongside those things we normally cite as things we can take pride in about ourselves.
- are lazy
- accept mediocrity
- tend to accept petty corruption as a part of life
- are self-indulgent
- lack discipline
- are not team players
- are pretentious
- lack follow-through
- love to procrastinate
- tend to let envy consume them
- are opportunistic, sometimes to the point of being predatory
- are mercenary
- are apathetic
- tend to have double standards – behavior considered intolerable in others is often considered acceptable or justifiable when manifested by friends or family – or underdogs
- are in awe of caucasians – mainly americans – and foreigners in general
- are racist
- tend to be copy-cats
- are very poor at taking criticism
- are very easily offended – especially by criticism
- are too emotional
- tend to romanticize poverty
- tend to make plays for sympathy, rather than confront criticism
- tend to refuse to take responsibility for their own actions, preferring to blame others or circumstances
- tend to stare too much
- tend to ask over-personal questions even to first time acquaintances
- are political turn-coats
- bear grudges
- are self-absorbed to the point of being navel-gazers
- tend to be elitists – either elitists themselves, or fawning on the elite
- tend to bounce between overwhelming negativity and ‘world-domination’ cockiness
- tend to be meta-positionists i.e. given two opposing sides of an argument (’A’ and ‘B’), he/she tends to formulate a third position (’C’) – Thanks, cvj (what? no unequivocally positive traits? LOL).
Don’t get me wrong, ‘tho. I’m not saying these negative observations are unique to Filipinos, or that they apply to all Filipinos. I’m actually not ready to accept all of them as valid – some I totally disagree with. But these are the things other people say about us.
On the other hand, Filipinos often take PRIDE in the fact that we are also:
- wildly creative
- adaptable – extremely adaptable in fact, in foreign settings
- fiercely loyal
- caring and nurturing
- good lovers – especially jeepney drivers. LOL!
Man! That looks lop-sided. Still, anything you can add to either side of the equation will be welcome.
- tend to be meta-positionists i.e. given two opposing sides of an argument (’A’ and ‘B’), he/she tends to formulate a third position (’C’) – still from cvj
- are transparently spontaneous – according to a noted blogger, as pointed out by cvj.
- are religious
- appreciative of sports heroes – (3) and (4) are courtesy of benj. Thanks man!