I recently posted something on Facebook that turned into a minor argument of some sorts, regarding people under the age of 35, talking about former President Ferdinand Marcos in the form of “I remember when…” Amazingly enough, there were some who actually defended those individuals.
Obviously these Filipino’s either reacted without reading — which is quite common — or simply didn’t understand what I had written. The following is the complete text of my posting.
ATTENTION!! ATTENTION!!! I have a special request I would like to make!
To any and all of you Filipino’s who are UNDER the age of 35. When it comes to talking about President Marcos and/or the Martial Law years.
KNOCK IT OFF!!!
You all harp and sing about it as if you experienced those years with personal, “first-hand” knowledge. Well… You didn’t. Good or bad. Right or wrong. You SERIOUSLY need to shut the hell up!!
You’re embarrassing yourselves. And you’re insulting the lives and memory of those who ACTUALLY DID LIVE those years.
Almost everything your knowledge “lays claim” too, is propaganda mixed with truth, lies and other shit you have either been taught in school, or the one-sided, biased bullshit you’re being fed on TV.
If you want to argue about the current half-wit in office. Or maybe former President Gloria Arroyo, I am open for discussion. But please… Erase whatever you “think” you know about Ferdinand Marcos from memory.
Although I myself may have not been completely correct, I can say my statement doesn’t contain much grey-area, and is to the point.
So what drives these young people to speak in a near-insistent “I know what I’m talking about” manner regarding the Marcos years? Personally, I believe it’s some kind of wishful thinking, along the lines of “I wish I had been there” with a hint of jealousy tossed in for flavor. Over the course of the last decade or so — and more recently the current Aquino regime — much of what President Marcos did — famous and/or infamous — has resurfaced. Especially among the younger generation. Most of which is driven, not only by the natural curiosity towards the Martial Law years. But his apparently endless list of accomplishments.
It seems these accomplishments have sparked some level of pride in the youth communities. In fact, so much so, the younger crowd is talking as if they actually lived it. I guess one can say it’s a form of flattery when they speak of all the great things Marcos may have done during his long tenure. But at the same time, when these kids talk as if they lived the Martial Law years. It can be classified as insulting to those who actually did go through those turbulent years.
Here is another perfect example of how ridiculous this mentality can be: I recently had a conversation with someone regarding the Marcos years. And why she insisted her droning on was justified, due to the death of her Grandfather during those years. She claimed her uncle and Grandfather had been picked up, suspected of being anti-Go8 (whatever that was). I got curious and checked her profile. Which revealed her being born in 1996. Almost 2 decades after the said incident. When I mentioned the loss of my Grandfather in WWI. And uncle in WWII. My brother in Vietnam. And two cousins in Desert Storm. She argued that it was nowhere near the same.
Let’s see now. Her loss was maybe 20 years prior to her being born. Yet, aside from my Grandfather and uncle. I personally knew my brother and cousins. How does hers even come close to outweighing my loss? Granted. Neither loss in general, is enjoyable. But to be so selfish as to make such a cold claim?
We all have had dreams of living in another time and place in our lives. And there is nothing wrong with wishful thinking. But if you choose to talk about what I refer to as a sensitive or touchy subject within Philippine history. You need to exercise a little caution. And a lot less carelessness.
So remember this. If you choose to speak of a point-in-time that obviously occurred before you were born. Please, do so from a more opinionated perspective. And not some kind of fanciful, past-tense, hands-on approach. You will allow yourself room to ask any questions that may come to mind. And you look a lot less foolish to those who are in-the-know.