Watch this inspiring short video from #Denmark: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1395769393780632&id=127537673937150
In general, I feel fortunate that Philippines is one country with an open heart and an open mind. We see “outsiders” as family. We have a vibrant LGBTQIA community who are celebrated and respected as much as cisgender influencers. Of course, we have those occasional #IGNORANUS policymakers, #INTENSEFUL* homophobic relatives, and hypocritical religious leaders (some of whom are pedophiles) – but in general, we Filipinos protect those whom we love and those who bring us joy, so homophobia won’t get you far in this part of Asia. Furthermore, we welcome all refugees. And we have a track record of forgiving, idolizing, and unconditionally loving our most violent colonizers and oppressors.
With that said, my dearest hope is for us Filipinos to collectively learn how to consciously #UNBOX one another based on political beliefs and partisan politics. My sincere prayer is that we can all learn to ENCOURAGE DISSENT, and ENGAGE IN PASSIONATE POLITICAL DISCOURSE without “unfriending” or blocking people who simply disagree with us; and on the extreme end, organizing something like #LeniLeaks to censor and discredit social media opinion makers.
(Maliban na lang kung may slander at death threats involved, then ibang usapan na yan.)
The bane to our unstoppable progress as a nation is how we are so easily manipulated and divided into neat little boxes of “DISENTE” vs. “DDS”, “rich” vs. “poor”, “anti-Marcos” vs. “pro-Marcos”, “anti-Cojuangco-Aquino” vs. “pro-Cojuangco-Aquino”, etc. etc.
AS IF “peacefully” and *cough* subversively *cough* overthrowing a duly-elected government and replacing it with someone hand-picked by the Oligarch Puppets of Imperial America will lead to a more JUST and more PEACEFUL Philippines, RIGHT?
And if you think I am DEAD WRONG, then engage me. SHOW YOUR FACE. Ask me QUESTIONS. Don’t retreat back into your beautiful “disente” box without inviting me in, or trying to join me where I am. I also used to believe Ninoy and Cory were heroes. Ask me more Why’s and How’s.
Let’s talk. Let’s share narratives.
We Filipinos have always been easy to divide and conquer, some say it is because we are an archipelago. 🌊🌊🇵🇭🚢🌋✈️⛵️🚤🇵🇭
We can either continue living within our divisive and asphyxiating boxes of ignorance and prejudice; or we can CHOOSE to change our fate, and UNITE as ONE nation, respecting democracy, and working together to help President Duterte succeed in realizing his mission and vision for a more peaceful, just, and prosperous Philippines (for ALL Filipinos). 🇵🇭👊
My intention is to encourage everyone to share insights and perspectives, to look at what separates us, and help facilitate REAL CONVERSATIONS between people from different “boxes” or backgrounds.
I’m sure we have more good things in common than you think.
Unless, of course, you are P-Noy, then I admonish you to stay inside your “disente” box. ❎📦❎
Love and Light,