Tiny-Titanic Thoughts

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Discourage Disparages October 30, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jess Fernando @ 11:12 pm

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”.


OFWs: “Modern Day Disparager?” October 24, 2006

Filed under: Blogroll — Jess Fernando @ 10:09 am

The psychic and economic spin offs generated by the estimated the 8.4 million OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) and migrant all over the world have enormously affected the
Philippines and its people. Extrapolating the spin offs by multiplying the 8.4 million by 6, the average number of persons directly influenced and benefited, it would be in the tune of 50 million. More than half of the Philippine’s entire population of
89,468,677 (July 2006 EST.).

From the world oil crunch of the 70’s to the Asian economic contagion of the 90’s, to the global economic slowdown of 2000’s OFW’s remittance continues to bail out the
Philippines from serious economic woes. The remittances made up about 9.2 percent of the country’s gross national product.
 No wonder, all the Philippine’s Presidents starting from Marcos, sucked up to them giving them arrival fanfares at the airport during Christmas holidays and dubbed them as the “modern day heroes”.

At the outset, no one can argue that the OFW’s are “modern day heroes”. But … are they really? Couldn’t be they the “modern day disparager”?

The OFWs, as they morphed into a viably secured individual allowed their global perspective rose to new heights. It dawned on them how their host country’s system of governance seems adequate for the needs of its people and at the same time realized the Philippine governance, wanting. They lamented the great disparity.

The lure of money and materialism replaced OFWs sense of nationalism and patriotism.

The OFWs ascension from being poor, to being “can afford” increased their self worth. Just as the tide of their confidence swells, so is the boat of their ego floats, and as they feel euphoric surmounting the difficulties, crawled in the arrogance of one-upmanship.

The OFWs newfound status made them smug and great disparager of the country’s ills. Their anathema for their own government and politician’s malfeasance become the sources of disparages. Disparages that can flow back to an estimated 50 million people. This reinforces the bad perception the country already had. 

The psychic spin offs of this disparages, debilitates the nation to move on. Disparages breed disrespect, and collective disrespect pulls the nation to stagnancy.

The other side of the coin is, OFWs can be a potent political force. Their sphere of influence is substantial. They only need a reverse perspective. That instead of a disparager, they can be an instigator of good governance. Or an initiator for picking the right people during election. Or disseminator of issues that lead to informed choices.


The “Iron Fist” Aftermath October 17, 2006

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jess Fernando @ 12:26 am

Monday morning, last week, I spot this ad at the bottom page of Globe and Mail while having coffee. It escaped my mind whose ad is it. As I was at the paper’s business section at the time, I assumed it’s from a financial company. The ad’s caption says – “You see kid’s gloves. But the market sees the iron fist”

I couldn’t make out what exactly the message is. But the two key words, ”kid’s glove” and “iron fist”, spun-off some word associations; bad cop, good cop, carrot and stick, soft and hard, harshness and domesticity, cruelty and innocence, hands, knuckles, ore, mineral, alloy, blood, discipline, attitude.

I analyzed why the caption stuck in my head. It’s readable. The two simple sentences have only eleven words and twelve syllables: Pithy, yet emphatic. Rhythmic, too, yet, it seems, given how I found the texts; I can hear an indefinable noise of impact.

It is as if the caption positioned me as a bystander to a movie watching credits rolled. Hugo Chavez mocked George W. Bush as the visiting devil of the United Nation. Kim Jong Il tested his nuke. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refused to budge Iran’s uranium enrichment. The axis of evil pirouettes, flailing dangerous sparks! Fidel Castro locked up in the hospital. Saddam Hussein waited for his execution. In one way or another, these people ruled with an iron fist.

Has anyone ruled the Philippines with an iron fist? Former President Ferdinand Marcos was close, but not quite. Has anyone ruled the Philippines with an iron fist in kid’s glove? All of them, I guessed. Politicians have two faces.

Has any gynecologist “iron fisted” a patient while having her period? The “iron” is derived from the iron that is on the patient’s blood which is now on the hand of the gynecologist. How the heck, I know. Yuck! This is gross…!

Now, I realized what the caption meant. Don’t get trap with the smooth, crisp cadence of an ad. It can punch so much hard shit in your brain, and your head couldn’t stop its iron fist like bombardment of weird thoughts.