On Hypersensitivity

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

—Elie Wiesel

I need to write my feelings in a blog before I forget about them.

This person might mean well. She may be only addressing people who speak their opinions condescendingly as if there were no rooms for discussion. However, the tweet doesn’t say it that way.

My theory is maybe people have been aware long before, but

  • because we’re in the so-called information age, our posts containing our opinions spread like fire through sharing. I don’t think that’s wrong. We are evolving as a species.
  • some people were taught to shut up. Remember when someone pulled you away from stopping a mother spanking her child and said, “Hayaan mo na lang sila”? Kaya nga importante na hinihikayat natin ang ibang tao na magsalita para di sila matakot ipaglaban ang tama eh.

Moreover, being “woke” does not aim to promote self-righteousness. Kaya nga “woke.” Its aim is to “wake” other people that something isn’t right. Sadly, I understand that most of us react (e.g. Billy and Colleen are so stupid for doing this kind of photo shoot) and not educate, especially in issues we are passionate about. Please see a very good example of the latter below. This is about Billy and Colleen’s prenuptial photo shoot.

She (1) stated that she was against Billy and Colleen’s prenuptial–photo shoot concept and (2) educated people by stating why there’s something off about it.

Personally, I would rather be sensitive, discuss, and take action on critical topics—such as LGBT rights, sexism, and corruption in the government and religious groups—than be silent about them. As a published author, some would tell me, “Wouldn’t your opinions on critical matters affect your popularity?” First, while I care about my reads, I also care about humanity. At least my readers know my takes on several issues.

Of course, “reacting” is human. But in time, I believe we will learn how to stand for the rights of the oppressed without disrespecting someone else.

Isisingit ko na rin. There’s this one time I was inside a UV express. We saw how a passenger, let’s name him P, from a bus punched a UV-express driver who was beside ours, let’s name him D. Thus, we became witnesses to the event. D was so mad that he looked for something inside his Toyota FX to retaliate, but when he failed, he challenged P to a fist-to-fist fight. P got the umbrella of the driver of our UV Express, even pushed D to the seat beside our driver. I was trying to open the window to try to stop them from fighting, even just with my words (because everyone was taking a video but not helping), but my friend stopped me from doing so. Her argument was “Baka mapahamak ka.” While I understand her sentiment, I was a bit disappointed that we weren’t able to do something to stop it. My friend and I were still quarreling when our driver just drove us away from the scene. I was so disappointed that I told her (nonverbatim), “Kaya nga ako sumasali sa mga rally at nakikipagdiskusyon on issues that matter to me kasi alam kong may mali. Alam ko sa sarili kong may nagawa ako rather than just look at everything fall.”

I would like to write more about moral grounds (featuring Dungeons and Dragons and Kohlberg) but maybe in another blog.

Anyway, please check Pilospo Tanya’s recent blog. She has laid out good arguments about this “hypersensitivity.” Also, for another take, read the comment under her blog.

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