Years ago (before the novelty died down and it got boring), I used to watch a TV show called American Idol. You did too? Good. Remember when one of the judges would make a frank, honest assessment of a performance, oftentimes negative, that would disagree with the sentiment of the audience? He would get booed and in defense, Randy-I think his name was – (dawg) would say, “Hey people, just keeping it real.”
That’s what I want to do here. Keep things real.
Let me tell you a personal anecdote, a bit of ancient history. When I was in a very expensive private high school in New England, I used to always get into trouble and get horrid grades. My father used to threaten that he would stop paying the exorbitant tuition and pull me out unless I shaped up. I didn’t. And one day he pulled me out. I was shocked and hurt, but it proved to be a wake up call. To make a long story short; after that, I worked my butt off and made it to a good (some say the best) college in the US.
There is a lot of garbage out there–in the news, in social media. Mainly it’s because people aren’t used to thinking critically anymore. Usually, the people who write and get a following in the Philippines e.g. journalists and pop bloggers are just too young to offer a well-rounded and intelligent view. Of late there has also been a lot of rah rah nationalism. Now I have nothing against love of country. But nationalism, the blind kind, has the danger of leading into facism.
I do believe in talking about the bad things. As mentioned, my own world view believes in the honest, naked truth with little or no sugar coating. Only with a full realization of how bad things are do we get to move on to the next step which is figuring out what to do.