People, like horses, will only do what they have a mind to do. Proverbs give richness to language and, to some extent, define a culture. ‘You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’ might be thought to encapsulate the English-speaking people’s mindset better than any other saying, as it appears to be the oldest English proverb that is still in regular use today. It was recorded as early as 1175 in Old English Homilies:
Hwa is thet mei thet hors wettrien the him self nule drinken [who can give water to the horse that will not drink of its own accord?]
And so continues the political scene within the Philippines.
For nearly 2 years now, i have been busting my ass to try and re-educate the Filipino people so as to make them more politically savvy. And in the long run, more intelligent voters. Amazingly, I didn’t make even the slightest dent, let alone scratched the surface. Here are a few of the more popular reasons of why not:
- Ignorant, stubborn and bullheaded
- A holier-than-thou attitude
- As a foreigner, I know absolutely nothing of this country
- “You’re stupid, so go back to where you came from”
If I had chosen to, I could have filled a book with the endless array of what I consider some of the silliest — and most asinine — reasons known to modern man. And I say modern because for some strange reason, the Filipino people seem unwilling to advance themselves past 1986 and that disastrously outdated failure, known as the EDSA People Power Movement.
The most current issue within the Philippine political arena, is this so-called scandal involving their Vice-President Jejomar “Jojo” Cabauatan Binay, and the sudden — conveniently prior to the 2016 Presidential election season — appearance of unimaginable wealth. Christ! the man’s been a member of the Philippine political scene for nearly 3 decades now, and the moment he announces his intentions to run for higher office, this shit surfaces? And like a pack of lemmings, you people keep buy into this shit?
Which leads me to ask, “Are you people totally deranged?”
For years now I myself — along with many others — have been trying to explain to the lot of you where you keep going wrong with not only the above mentioned problem. But with you and your entire country. And it’s not the Binay’s, Aquino’s, Abads, Enrile’s. Or even a militant, power hungry trouble maker such as Antonio Trillanes.
IT IS YOU! The people.
Every 3 years you all gather to elect a new crop of political shysters. And this is exactly where everything begins to go wrong. From the very moment you punch a candidates card, almost none of your reasoning involves a platform, goal or agenda on the part of the political hopeful. Instead, you make your choice simply based on a specific family name. Celebrity status. Or just their appearance. Now! This is usually the point at which most of you will tell me I’m either full of shit, or I don’t know what I am talking about.
Let’s see if I can show you just how little I know? Here are a few examples of what I DO know. But you people were just to lazy and/or stupid to discover for yourselves…
- Nancy Binay: An over-rated, 38 year old private sector failure, with absolutely zero political experience. And you gave her a Senate seat.
- Antonio Trillanes: A twice convicted coup-inciting militant rabble rouser. Now a 2-time Senator.
- Gregorio Honasan: Your precious EDSA1 hero, is also a treasonous Militant who led 2 coup attempts against Cory Aquino. Including the simultaneous assassination attempt of now President BS Aquino. And after 30 years, you idiots keep re-electing him.
- Fidel Ramos: Another one of your heroes. In actuality, was one of the major abusers during the Martial Law years, who hid behind the People Power bunch, because, like Honasan and Enrile, he knew they would all be tried, convicted and executed for treason against the nation and its Constitution.
And these crooks are but a few of the obviously many reasons your nation continues as a shining example of democratic failure, motivated by the “hero fetish” idiocy of its people. As a foreign observer, it truly saddens me that you people absolutely refuse to improve or advance yourselves Politically, Socially and even Economically. Even when you know most of us on the outside are right.
It wasn’t until the 20th century that ‘lead a horse to water…’ got a substantial rewrite, when Dorothy Parker reworked it from its proverbial form into the epigram ‘you can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think’.**
Thus… Does this speak of the current mentality of the Filipino people?
* Late 9th century in English; Bible, Luke Chapter 6)
** Sometimes spoken as “You can lead a whore to culture, but you can’t make her think.”