“To Move On or Not to Move On? That is the Question . . . After the Supreme Court’s Decision to Allow the Interment of Marcos Remains(?) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

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It’s one’s word against another’s. One is convinced of what s/he believes in as the other likewise is. One says, “Move on” whereas the other says, “No way, there are still a lot to settle even at this point in time. We can’t just move on.” So be it. The first has her/his own reason; the other has hers/his. The issue remains controversial and will most likely perennially remain so because the debate will never ever stop.

But here is where the “glitch” is: Why do we get furious as others tell us to move on when we have determined once and for all that we don’t because we can’t, so we won’t? In other words, this issue is in our hands; it is our own decision and not theirs. They want to move on, so let them. We don’t want to move on and what they tell us is nothing . . . nonsense . . . not a thing for us to get serious about. The point here is, even if we tell them about the truth, they will still move on. None can prevent them from doing so as none can prevent us from not moving on.

It’s a waste of time and energy to present to them what we have always believed to be the truth. They don’t care. Giving them the tragic lessons of the past with all the articles, books, graphic presentations, photos, extant news items, etc. will never have any significant effect on them as these things never had in the past. Those who have chosen to be blind will never see the light for the power of brainwashing is lasting, even permanent.

About the Supreme Court’s decision, nobody can avert that, much less in a fragmented society like the Philippines. The only power that can effect it is a united majority with a strong political will. Unfortunately, we don’t have–in fact, we’ve never had–it in the Philippines.

(c) Ruel F. Pepa, 9 November 2016

The “Fifth Columnist” Art Of Elegant Deception: Survival In A Crazy Urban Jungle

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There are people–and mind you, these are urban denizens–who cannot handle the truth because of certain preconceived notions in their minds that narrow down the sphere of their perception.They only listen to what they want to hear and look at what they want to see. Reality at face-value is not real because the mind suggests that it must not be so. It is not acceptable and at times even shocking. It is not true.

It is not the proper way to view reality. But we have gotten used to it and so we need to deconstruct our story–a cosmopolitan narrative that others have long prepared themselves to listen to. And the urban world continues to smoothly tread upon the only road that the majority have paved for those who call themselves “normal”.

In this sense, “normal” is but a lie; something we cannot tolerate within our so-called moral realm once the floodlight of consciousness is thrown over it. But this is what “normal” people in the metropolis want to hear, read and see. This is the smooth lie that tickles their ears, excites their minds and delights their eyes.

To survive in this urban world of artificial expectations and superficial sophistication, one has to master–and master to perfection–the “fifth columnist” art of elegant deception by deconstructing reality the way the normal majority want to hear, read and see it. S/he who emerges victorious in the end transcends discrimination of all types and forms.

But what about the truth? Let the truly honest ones whose intellectual worth and moral integrity are unblemished candidly and sincerely talk about the truth. They can handle it and handle it so perfectly well.

(c) Ruel F. Pepa, 4 November 2016