Micro, Macro

Reading up on a provocative piece of Manolo’s Marcos on Retrospect got me thinking. In his last line the strength and weaknesses of Marcos was as much the political weakness and strength of our culture.

“(confusing form with substance, ignoring how the means by which power is acquired is as important as how you use it, tolerance of his supporters’ mistakes; his using armed force to compensate for some political weaknesses)”

Confusing form with substance – now theirs a mouthful. How many times are parents (mine even more so) obsessed with grades as opposed to actual education. Filipinos are so obsessed with titles and ranks. The words attorney, principal and doctor have to be used for the “professional” to be acknowledged.

Ignoring how the means by which power is acquired is as important as how you use it. Again this ties in with the much vaunted observation of ranks and gradations. Who gives a rat’s ass how you got the diploma (some professional forgery) as long as you get the diploma? Kwarto, Kwatro o Kwarta (Sex, Failure or Money) ? Screw it!

His using armed force to force to compensate for some political weaknesses. A favorite of fathers and “disciplinarians”. Although the country hasn’t reached the point of cultural maturity the truth is this has got to stop. How many times have we substituted political executions in exchange for holistic reforms? How long will warlords continue to rule by subjugation and the their subjects to shiver – or be dumbstruck in line?

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