Thursday, September 15, 2016

Today's Philippines...




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...is the worst. Everybody's suddenly an expert in politics, and suddenly the lines just have  to be drawn. You're either a Dutertard, or you're not. If you're pro-Duterte, you're a horrible person who doesn't care one bit about human rights. If you're anti, you're an unpatriotic yellowtard.
How the flying fuck did we come to this? Just how divided, how deeply wounded are we as a country, that we can't be civilized in the way we approach the criticism of the other side? And why can there be no middle ground?
I understand just how bad the government's recent actions are - and it isn't even past Digong's first 100 days yet! There's absolutely no excuse for how he's behaving - katokayo Martin, if you're reading this, take note - and seriously, there's only so much spin you can put on a story until it comes back full circle. Get somebody up there to slap your boss before he says something stupid again, he's making the goddamned country look stupid.
And the other side is no better. Coming from your so-called moral high ground, or your equally pompous intellectual high ground, you're nothing but pricks who like hearing themselves say things that can make themselves feel better. Hey, at least I'm not supporting wholesale death. Hey, you used to criticize the previous admin for the same thing you hypocrites.  Please. Spare me. The moment you start engaging the other side with irony, sarcasm, and scathing wit, you're looking down on them. And with that, you've lost your moral high ground.
The fact is, either side has its own reason for choosing what they did. If you can't, for a second, place yourself in the shoes of the other guy, then this country's hopeless. Sure, support your government. Sure, criticize it. But if you let a myopic point of view keep you from dealing with the reality that somebody just can't share your point of view, and that this is okay, then you've ultimately become somebody people can't afford to listen to.

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