“Blame it on Cain,
Oh-oh, oh, please don’t blame it on me
It’s nobody’s fault
But it just seems to be his turn”
Just like when I talked to you folks about the Impeachment Trial of the Chief Justice, I hope you know by now that when I am not that well versed on something I will tell you upfront. I am not well versed on the RH Bill. I have read the arguments on social networking but not enough for me to take a stand either way. What I will take a stand on is the needless blame on the Catholic Church for the bulging population in this country.
If you want to blame the Catholic Church for being so ingrained in our culture that people just go through the motions of mass and sacraments because it’s expected by society fine. If you want to blame the Church for allowing itself to be used by politicians fine. You want to blame the Church for harboring their own when it comes to sex abuse scandals, fine. Just don’t blame the big population of the Philippines solely on the Church’s stance on contraception and abortion.
The beautiful province of Quebec is predominately Catholic and the Church there preaches the same birth control stance. As of the 2001 census their population is not spiraling out of control compared to the rest of Canada. I am assuming that many of you did not take Canadian History. The short version has two major themes: a) Canada developed out of the fur trade b) people from Quebec always felt discriminated against but want to right that wrong by proposing a plan that gives them all the benefits but spreads the risk to the rest of Canada. Canada is multi cultural because they have two founding fathers. The British and the French. They never had anything as spectacular as the 1776 revolution or the Civil War in the US but the internal animosity was more spread out over time I am not sure if these stats prove my point that being Catholic does not equate to over population but here is Statistics Canada’s data on Quebec and the rest of Canada in terms of population density.
The Church is used by some as a shield in this case for where the real blame lies. Pinoy culture is manifested in our relative large population. The Pinoy is not known to follow to rules or adhere to schedules. Even abroad there is a phenomenon known as “Manila Time” where the usually punctual locals expect the Filipinos to be systematically late. The Pinoy at least in Manila has no clue what it means to line up for something. “Singit” is a way of life. Don’t you dare tell me I am exaggerating because it is very evident each and every day on the MRT. If you have read me before you know how I feel about public transportation or even drivers in general here. The attitude of public transportation here is that life is cheap. Isn’t one of the points of the RH Bill is about the quality of life and not the quantity?
Whatever the result of the RH Bill, it will not change the pinoy values like I said before. Dolphy, Ramon Revilla and Erap are celebrated for populating medium sized towns in the province by themselves. Yet for some reason a piece of paper that the populace won’t read will change things. The culture here is what it is. No matter what law you pass. The Pinoy’s problem with the concept of family planning is the second word. They really don’t plan anything. Unlike in the movie The Hunt For Red October where Admiral Painter said ”Russians don’t take a dump, son, without a plan. ”
Pinoys as a culture do not value a plan hence they continuously vote for public officials who show little evidence of having the capabilities to come up with a good plan let alone implement it. Whether it’s Joseph Estrada, Fernando Poe Jr., Lito Lapid or Noynoy Aquino. None of them appealed to the masses with any evidence of strategy and accomplishment in leadership. All that was required was a recognizable family name and reputation in anything in the public eye like show business. Cerebral prowess, leadership and track record be damned.
Every four years including this one, we wonder why the medal stand eludes Filipino athletes at the Olympics. In the words of Bob Dylan ” “Why you say that for?” . Take away chemical enhancements and gender manipulation and we would like to think every Olympic medal represents an athlete or a group of athletes collective desire and discipline combined with a society that desire and discipline can be allowed to foster. If it all comes together and your performance is good enough to be among the best three in the world every four years then you have an Olympic medal. Does that process sound like us? Desire and discipline over an extended period of time? We are an instant gratification society? Our local TV is so guttural. We have no role models to speak of. And we wonder why we can’t compete with the rest of the world??
The Pinoy as a culture lacks discipline, restraint, patience and consideration. You see in the conditions in the streets whether its garbage all over the place or strangers kind enough to share their second hand smoke with you while you walk down a public street. You see it in how they go from point A to point B. You see it in public markets. Anarchy is the norm in the Philippines. It sure as heck ain’t order.
Another quote from Admiral Painter in the movie The Hunt For Red October was “This is going to get out of control, this is going to get out of control and we’ll be lucky to live through it. “. Maybe he is describing our population problem. The operative word there is control. Control is defined in the http://www.thefreedictionary.com/control dictionary as “To hold in restraint; check” . If you believe that definition describes pinoys, allow me to disagree with you. Pinoys were anything but restrained when they were irrationally cheering for Jessica Sanchez.
There is this syndicated article going around in many websites including the L.A. Times called Beyond 7 Billion | Dream out of reach Philippines birth control: Filipinos want it, priests don’t. It’s heartbreaking that’s for sure. Still many procreate out of their own free will knowing the consequences. Discipline and responsibility should be strived for in all socio-economic classes. The Weiss article says that the government did not fund condoms and birth control pills. Which brings up the question should the local government provide artificial contraception at taxpayer expense? Similar to the Olympic Village? Maybe the government won’t provide poor people with condoms and birth control pills like before but they will not provide for the resulting kids either. Just like you can lead a horse to water and cannot make him drink, you can provide all the contraception but there is no guarantee they will be used properly nor are they 100% effective.
” About a year ago my girlfriend was on the pill, using a diaphram, and an IUD all at once. Recently she had a baby. The baby was born wearing armor.”
The Catholic Church does teach no artificial birth control and no abortion. People focus on that. They conveniently forget that the Church also preaches sex within wedlock, natural family planning and full respect and devotion for your spouse. All that is meant to be taken as one package and not piecemeal. Many of us pick and choose (order a la carte) and are surprised that we don’t like the results. Many like to trivialize the Church but it is so weird to have it both ways. Last I looked Bishop Tagle has not resorted to Spanish Inquisition techniques nor do they employ a secret police. People are free to ignore the Church but why do they get so much blame? There is a reason why Noynoy is labeled “Our President”. Because as long as I choose to live in this country, he is. I have the freedom to be a Baptist, Buddhist or Scientologist by tomorrow if I so choose. It is fashionable to bash the Catholic Church but I don’t see anybody bashing other religious organizations who vote as a pack. Maybe there is some logic that I just missed out on. If the Catholic Church has too much influence on elected officials remember my politically incorrect statement: The Filipino voter has bad judgment. If you won’t read my previous work then don’t complain if that statement offends you.
If the Catholic Church is to blame for over population then I am expected to believe that a culture that eschews discipline in all other areas is conveniently disciplined when it comes to the Church’s stance on artificial birth control. Any kind of birth control as far as I know is managing the urge to merge with certain methods and practices. These methods and practices require attention and discipline. Many operators of vehicles, commuters and pedestrians in this country do not give road rules and road signs attention nor do they drive with discipline. Yet for some reason I am expected to believe they will be attentive and disciplined in the bedroom to prevent unplanned pregnancy.
You can pass any bill you want but you will still be left with the Pinoy way of living life. I am not sure if there is legislation strong enough to overcome that.