A curious soul e-mailed a question concerning my latest blog – “OFWs: Modern Day Disparager”. The e-mailer asked – How would a simple collective disrespect can pull off such a huge event as putting a nation to stagnancy?
The question is innocuous, yet intelligent. The email made me happy; 1) because it spare me tinkering topic for my next blog, 2) because of the interest shown, an additional 500 or less words to the topic would not hurt, if it will further explain my blog’s argument and 3) out of the thousands hits my sites get, one soul is braved enough to ask. That’s something!
Collective disrespect is an individual – unconnected yet unified, behavioral reaction to existing phenomenon. It’s like boos echoed in unison by an audience upon hearing bad racial joke.
Filipinos have long-standing bad ideas about the Philippines: corrupt government, malfeasance of bureaucrats and politicians, inefficient bureaucracy – subliminally, these have produced disrespect among people, albeit individually.
These subliminal disrespects, which by the way, the OFWs carry, too, when they left the
Philippines, come into sharp focus – when, as a courtesy of the host country, the OFWs gained a newfound global perspectives. As they now see the undesirable part of Philippine’s governance, with hues of one-upmanship and assertive streaks, the OFWs speak these subliminal disrespects in disparages. Disparages that can flow back to their relatives, friends, colleagues, and to million others in the Philippines. In all likelihood, these disparage rekindle the disrespect the locals already had. As this happens, the nation reels on to its vortex of stagnancy.
Disparages as it breed disrespect, discourages confidence. Confidence is the current that excite and spur the nation to move. A river without current does not reach its destination. It form a dead stream which harbors harmful organism. Likewise, a nation without people’s confidence is a paralyzed nation. We see it on how the stock market behaves, for example. A hint of slight weakening of people’s confidence, investment retreat: and that triggers all other to fall like dominoes.
As OFWs’s, monies speak louder, any one receives them, listen. Whatever the OFWs say has power and influence. If they depart from disparages, it would do a nation good: psychologically and economically.
“Ask not what the government can do for you. But ask what you can do for the government.” That’s a famous line from John F Kennedy. It may well be that the OFWs heed to Kennedy’s command: Push positive poise…! Discourage disparages…! Then, no doubt, for me, the OFWs are the resurrected “Modern Day Heroes”.