Where were you when an explosion hit a night market in Davao City last September 2? Based on the recent events that left a lot of Filipinos shaken, that is an important question that you should ask yourselves.
After answering that, proceed to this next question: What did you after that? Did you wait for the latest news to be updated with what happened next? Did you start messaging people you know from Davao to make sure they were fine? Did you go online to post your heartfelt thoughts and prayers for everyone who was affected by the terror attack? Or perhaps, did you criticize the President’s supporters, and his hometown’s safety?
Terrorism has been, undoubtedly, the most widely used intimidation tactic by militant groups who seem to think that they can get whatever they want by acting like children. You all know how the Filipino masses feel about terrorism and those who use it to somehow think that they have the upper hand.
Fallacy, on the other hand, is the most widely used intimidation tactic by those who do not know how to use logic, and factual information in an argument.
Over the weekend after the terror attack in Davao, people have shared their opinions. Some are healthy, some are very encouraging, but some are very, very off-putting.
Do you know what they mean when they say “Think Before You Click?” If you don’t, just head on to Facebook and check out the comments on any post by any news outlet pages. Reading through those would be able to understand what the phrase, that is, of course, if you’re an intelligent human being who has a basic understanding of Philosophy.
It is disappointing, to say the least, that some people go to certain measures to say something about an event or someone they can’t agree with just to appear active and engaged in the latest events. It is very shameful to think that this is the typical Filipinos now, and this is the kind of stereotype tagged with being a Filipino.
I don’t want to seem unoriginal, but there’s this article ‘What’s up with the smart-shaming?’ that I read on Rappler which makes a lot of sense. It’s a feel-good opinion article for those who try to share insightful, logical, and intelligent arguments.
Based on that article alone, I know that the smarter side of Filipinos can definitely relate when I say that being intelligent in the Philippines is sometimes not fun. Most would say you’re a moron, and most would loathe you that they would start using foul language, and attack you personally.
It takes a lot of effort to shake the stupidity off of people, especially when you’re trying to make them realize the mistakes in their argument, and when you use their own words against their claims.
Having an online presence in the Philippines is also very difficult. In fact, having an online presence anywhere is difficult. I have mentioned this multiple times in my blog: People will always have something to say; People will always look for something to get offended by. It’s honestly a little tiring to criticize people like this, so hopefully this will be the last time that I’ll ever have to talk about them.
Whose responsibility is it to make sure that these kind of people will not corrupt those who strive for greatness through intelligence, knowledge, and everything that goes with it? The answer is up to you, but always remember that what goes around, comes around.
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