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Pinoy Mindsets That Should Not Be Considered Patriotism

Pinoy Mindsets That Should Not Be Considered Patriotism

Patriotism is zealousness bearing pride in one’s race and nation. Since nationality is a big part of our identity, we should not be ashamed of it. Our country is flowing through our blood. We may not share some beliefs and views but the blood in our veins binds us as Filipinos.

Pinoy pride! We always shout it out whenever Manny Pacquiao knocks his opponent out or when a beauty queen slays another pageant. Filipinos also raise their fist shouting it when weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz brings home the bacon and the gold for the 2022 Olympics.

And me too, I am proud to be a Filipino, however, there are things that we should let go of and not equate to patriotism.

Despise for use of English

Language is a vital part of our culture as a people. It is what connects us from one individual to another. Each phrase and word indicates a piece of who we are as Filipino.

But today, there are actually two official languages in our country: English and Filipino. Other languages like Cebuano, Ilocano, Chavacano, etc. are also used in everyday conversation. Learning at least one or two is good and common for most Filipinos. The two official languages are taught in school.

Having said that, speaking in English is good and fine here in our country. Speaking English does not make one less of a Filipino. It is not elitist, it is normal. Speaking English is perfectly normal since it is already a part of our lives. In fact, it is an asset since it is a global language. So the next time, somebody speaks in English here in our country, let them be! It’s a free country.

Political fanaticism = patriotism


This is a recurring problem in most countries, especially those that are predominantly conservative like us.

Filipinos, regardless of who is in power, always have an issue with idolatry. Due to a culture of client-patron setup, we tend to put politicians on a pedestal when, in fact, they should act as our servants. That is true both for those in power and those who once held it.

However, Filipinos need to be reminded. Officials and politicians are public servants. They are there to serve us, not the other way around. We should not thank them for doing good, that is their job! They earn through taxpayers’ money. Officials should indeed work smart.

Maintaining toxic culture = patriotism

What I often notice is that Filipinos never learn. Do you know why? They never listen. For most of us, correction is “bashing”. When we discuss things to improve, we do not like it because it feels negative.

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And when we ask why we continue wrong practices, we say it’s a part of our culture and identity.

Folks, culture changes through time because circumstances do. In those changes, we must learn to adapt and leave behind what is burdening us. If we don’t, we will be the ones left behind.


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