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marcial tayag caniones
marcial tayag caniones IT IS not apathy as we think it is. It is a continuing state of mind in which a series of anticipated repetitions of when one catches himself in awe, to mechanically adjust, to quickly adopt, and to focus his instinct merely for survival while lessening his brain's capacity to analyze further. It brings the mind to an instinctive state and it drives the human being more to physiological and natural dictates—stunned even to accept the indignity of one's slow death.

It is like being raped, robbed, and attacked.

The soaring prices of rice, gas and basic commodities puts us in such a state where all efforts of an individual or group focus only on survival. Analyzing events and the causes of crises puts you in a stagnant state. Hala... kilos, trabaho, kayod, tipid. To ask for more imperils one's reputation, makes one viewed as being greedy and one who distances himself from the inevitable collective suffering. While leaders dispense some scholastic excuse ("It’s a global phenomenon, a global crisis"), feasting on juicy slices of tenderloin as they are ferried off to official meetings on high octane gargling limousines.

The persecuted Jews during the holocaust had known more of this. Muslims in the recent Balkan war had experienced it. Tribes in Africa still suffer from it as the intolerable death toll within their ranks rises from thousands to millions through the years. Our own people are at present in a continuing state of destitution, which they tend to accept as fate, while as reality the farfetched dream that things would change.

A people in crisis will have no time to question, to join street protests, to listen to other views. Everyone will just have to make do: just bring home the bacon, just bring home the sardines, just bring home the lelut, just bring home the garbage, just bring home anything. Either by means decent or by deeds criminal, just satisfy the needs.

Grabe... There is a theory I want to prove: "The Social Centrifuge Theory."

Nothing new about this, I just want to sound intellectual and to create an impression of academic and philosophical credibility. Caught in a trendy spin, a centrifuge pressure would be hard to resist:

i.

A neighbor takes out a T.V. (full stereo surround) and sets it up in his garage, whips up a pitcher of ice tea and rolls out a liter of brandy, and calls out every guy in the neighborhood, "Pare, alas nueve ang umpisa ng boksing, naka-pay-per-view ako!"

ii.

A kid in a relatively average school for average income earners takes out his new PSP during recess time and shows it off to his classmates. Later, a classmate goes home and insistently asks his parents to buy him one, too: "Bakit sya mayroon? Di rin naman sila mayaman?"

iii.

A woman is brought by relatives to the airport to work as an OFW abroad. Later, the driver uncle talks to his niece: "Tapusin mo ang high school mo para makapunta ka rin ng abroad tulad ng nanay mo…"

iv.

Local government official at a Catholic Mass celebration announces that the NFA trucks will distribute rice at 15 pesos per kilo cheaper next Sunday at the parish compound: "Ako ang bahala kay Kagawad, sister… Pwede tayong bumili ng kahit kalahating kaban at hindi na tayo kailangan pang pumila…"

v.

Several youth organizers being herded in a military truck on suspicion that they are sympathizing with the rebels are told by a barangay tanod: "Mga tarantado kasi kayo, kaysa sa pag-aaral at trabaho ang inaatupag nyo puro panggugulo ang ginagawa nyo."

Actually, the theory is only supposed to be: "The Videoke Time Theory."

Basta may kantahan, bata, matanda, bulag, pilay, lahat ng kapitbahay ay walang hiyang hahablot, makikipag-agawan ng mikropono. Andyan na yung tawanan, kantsyawan, at minsan sa inuman na puro lalaki, mayroon pang barilan!

Ang hirap magkunwaring maging intelektwal sa panahong ito. Kung hindi ka mauubusan ng Ingglis, mauubusan ka ng iniisip, at sa araw-araw na paulit-ulit dito sa ating bansa, hindi maiwasang magiging cynical o sarcastic.

Kaya heto, lumalabas din. To maintain one's sanity, huwag nang magkunwari, huwag nang mag-atubili. Lahat naman ay mamamatay, at sa dinami-daming paraan ng kamatayan at dahilan ng kamatayan, kung anuman yun --YUN!...

In state of a calloused mind.


[About the author. Marcial Tayag Caniones, a Political Science graduate, is assistant manager at the Community Extension Services Office of Clark Development Corporation. He was born on the 10th of July, 42 years ago, became vegetarian 18 years ago, started serious reading 10 years ago, and began writing three years ago. He admits to being ugly but claims to ooze with sex appeal.]

-Posted: 9:25 AM 7/9/08 | More of this author on eK!
WHAT THEY SAY...

Oscar Balajadia Jr. (of Macau, China) writes...

A poignant and ironic piece challenging the Filipino people. This article put me in a state of pain and laughter. I am also wondering that if the Filipino people think they are more powerful than their incompetent government and if they reckon they are more intelligent than the corrupt officials, then why can they not change it, why can they not make those officials work for them? In the place where I am now and in some mature places where I have been to I greatly admired the initiative, intelligence and will power of the people because they know how to make their governments work for them, they know what political systems could work for them, and they know what kind of people they put in positions to work for them through those governments and political systems.

-Posted/Via Email: 2008-07-12 05:55:10 PDT



The author Marcial Caniones writes...

Pasensya na pu at eku gad maka reply. Musta kayu pu, merilya ku ketang sinulat mu misan abe na mengan kang vegetarian food ken king lugar China. Malwat naku pung gulerian (vegetarian).

Keni dakal ng daranup, mangalingo no rugu isip at tatakas nala king katutwan para gang makanyan mu akalingwan da ing danup. Buri ke pung ipilit ing pamag gamit balatung bilang harina para pamanggawang pandesal o nanu man klasing putu.

Sana maramdam ku king gubyernu...ampo kareng siyentipiku magsuri king pamangan ampo nutrisyun.
Salamat pu.

-Posted/Via Email: 2008-07-24 19:58:27 PDT



Aida Tanglao (of USA) writes...

Dening Adwang Kabalen a pareong matenakan, busten yung makiyambula ku king kekong pamitalamitam. Balikbalikan ko ding susulat yu, patye ibat kung sinulat a ali ku na papublished, lalawen kunala mu ding sinulat yu.

Balamu mika deluge pasibayu, pauli ning lwa la ring tau mabilug yatu. Patye ing metung a matenakan a talasulat at malugud tau kikya neng arapan karing madla, pauli ning pamagkunwa-kunwari ding mayayaus a kayalili nang Kristu; patye ing metung a meging punu ning pekamatas ukuman makibat nyang "mangadi tana mu" karing sasaingsing a karokan, tune neng atyu king dulu ning sawug ing kabilyan.

Ing abyas Marcial bina ya pin masakit a tanaman, lugal, oras, pagal. Keta pang ali ya mibubulalag ing crisis ining metung kung anak atin neng sasabyan panalili king abyas. Sana magtagumpe ka king balatung project mu. Makarine naman kareng manalakad malls ampo karing manalakad mansion pota ala nalang paglugalan.

Yanapa, pota mapayit a apalya ing ayapag ku keni eksite.

-Posted/Via Email: 2008-07-31 23:35:00 PDT



The author Marcial Caniones writes...

Mapait ya man ing apalya bibye neman sustansya at saplala. Salamat pu king komentaryu. Gagalang...

-Posted/Via Email: 2008-08-03 18:58:58 PDT



Nenette de Dios Capulong (of Westminster, Colorado USA) writes...

I understand what you're going through and I felt that after the Pinatubo eruption and I couldn't bring home the bacon, sardines and lelut anymore. Every former Clark employee makamulala namu to find a way of feeding the family and send the children to school. Looking at the neighbors, either they douse the pain with watching TV, the chismis at the corner store, hueteng or the block rosary is even better for the children, learning to pray and the free merienda. The balatung theory you came up with is very sensible and "mung bean" as they call it here is pure protein and good for muscles in the human body. There should be a lot of nutritionists and plant scientists in the Philippines who can do research on that instead of working for other countries doing research they should help their countrymen first. I applaud you for writing this article. My friend Cecile Yumul has passed on a good lesson to you she should be proud of her former student.. This article should be read by Filipinos all over the globe. I feel your frustration and your urgency to do something about it. Eka pin naman makapagkunwari. Just like our national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, keep writing about the ills of society. He used his pen as his sword. I assure you kabalen it is indeed more powerful. And just like I suggested to my friend Ces, go start writing a book. Thanks for more intellectual kabalens like you. More power to eksite!

-Posted/Via Email: 2008-09-06 18:34:42 PDT



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