For years we have dignified Pisay and UP graduates go in to finance, management and governance. But why is this country still in poverty, even with brilliant intellectuals at the helm? I return this question to you, minions of Honor and Excellence. The Team had numerous debates with fellow Iskolars ng Bayan from politics to the matters of the UAAP cheerdance. We find that certain individuals argue bluntly about their opinion. This is not a vendetta, this a love letter to your pride as an intellectual.
And how do those Pisay and UP students argue? They refer to their grasp on "logic" repetitively, their everyday bag of "infallible" retorts. They use the term "invalid" loosely, they let one rip very easily. "Your argument is invalid". Yes, logical validity is essential in argumentation but we must remember that the soundness of the statement is equally important. This statement's logical structure is valid: It is raining blood, therefore a dragon died. But is the sentence sound? Did it deliver the truth for only having a valid structure? That is the common mistake of self-declared logicians, that they cite logic only with structure.
In discussions, they tend to close the thread as "futile" and "must not go any further" for it is lacking intelligence. What is less intelligent, to have an exchange of ideas that creates a deep well of thoughts, or to shut down further discussion just to highlight your "intellectual elitism"? Is Socrates stupid when he went around and had debates, or having a self-concocted orientation, with no practice, make you any brilliant at all?
They refer to politics as illogical, for people are chaotic and so is the world; and scientific laws are the only truth in the world for everything else is relative. This is another sickness of self-declared Pisay and UP intellectuals, they argue that one idea is correct because its truth is relative on other existing ideas. "Chocolate is more delicious than pineapple, it's my opinion, whatever yours is also is acceptable". One opinion is correct because we are all entitled to it. So, the opinion of a military officer to harass farmers is acceptable for the logical structure is valid? Yes, because it is the opinion of an individual and we are all entitled to one. GARBAGE! So P-Noy can buy a Porsche amidst price hikes? This is a concern because it does not only emphasize his bourgeois lifestyle, but his insensitivity to the people that are his constituents! Very capitalist, very neoliberal! Neoliberal thinkers does not really bring truth to the table. They think about themselves, their grades, a high-paying job and sucking up to the Man—and nothing on the collective improvement of the country! We must base our advocacies on concrete events, not on metaphysical discussions on how we see the world. People are starving, so we have to take action. To quote Karl Marx, "The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways—the point however is to change it".
Another sickness is condescension. Pisay and UP students tend to look at themselves as the cream of the crop, the best that there is. I salute you, Pisay and UP students really are a clever bunch but is intelligence only the important thing to offer? Many of you would treat the voters as crap for they elected the wrong people in the government. "Ano ba yan, muntikan pang manalo si Erap. Ninakawan niya tayo ah!" We must not forget that we, the educated, has the duty to inform the masses on what's better for the country. With education being commercialized, colonial and repressive, it is getting more and more unattainable for people below the poverty line. Education after all, is a right, and this is being stripped away by the same money-hungry snots mentioned above!
Pisay and UP people have always used their intelligence as a card to present in any thinkable arena. "There are only two universities in the Philippines, UP and others. There are only two high schools in the Philippines, Pisay and others". This elitism did not solve economic inequality. We must always level with the masses, think with them and struggle with them, for without them this country would be in shambles. I think, therefore I am from UP? You, a self proclaimed logician, must notice the incorrectness of this.
You brand activists as "barbaric", but the ones that are apathetic and passive on issues directly affecting them are the real subhuman. For a man that is hurt would shout; he would resist. The real undeveloped creatures are the ones that maintain the status quo, for they are comfortable up in their pedestal where the conditions suit them. They don't have a fight-or-flight response, they only ignore. In the end, the intense word wars are not important, but the change that took place that are lead by people that are not cowards to settle at a safe ideology. Pisay and UP students must know better. Mabuhay ang Iskolar ng Bayan!