Humidity and labels

However, it was hot. Humid really, I wonder what was the average temperature outside. The temperature with Philippine blogs seem to be still heating up as well, at least those involved in discussing politics. The comment sections were equally lively.

Words like apologist, pro-GMA, Anti-GMA, left, right, and apathy seemed to fill the collective mind cloud of the Philippine blogosphere.

Apathy is defined as indifference. In addition, is frequently used to described by some commentators as the non-participation of people to a cause, in particular the commentators cause.

Just because a person or a group of persons decided not, be a part of your means or mass action means he is automatically apathetic. Perhaps he does not believe in the rightness of your cause or she may not believe in the means you are implementing, and then again, he might be apathetic. The point is it is quite useless to use labels in a discourse or categorize a point of view as a lump of idea, because it is not. Doing this you only opens yourself to another type of label, introducing the … rabid supporter or oppositionist.

Definition of Rabid - Marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense devotion to a cause or idea.

With a rabid oppositionist or supporter, there will rarely be room for discourse. You will be automatically be linked to the apathy crowd or the poodles.

Moral is also a word being bandied about now. Ambrose Bierce had many things to say about that and a few words in his work The Devil’s Dictionary.

MORAL, adj.

Conforming to a local and mutable standard of right. Having the quality of general expediency.

Reading the commentaries one might wish that character Alfred P Doolitle from George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion were involved in it. Perhaps he would say these thing to a lot us bloggers who are the digital Prof Higgins and Col Pickering of our time.

PICKERING. Have you no morals, man?

DOOLITTLE [unabashed] Cant afford them, Governor. Neither could you if you was as poor as me. Not that I mean any harm, you know. But if Liza is going to have a bit out of this, why not me too?

HIGGINS [troubled] I dont know what to do, Pickering. There can be no question that as a matter of morals it’s a positive crime to give this chap a farthing. And yet I feel a sort of rough justice in his claim.

DOOLITTLE, Thats it, Governor. Thats all I say. A father’s heart, as it were.

PICKERING. Well, I know the feeling; but really it seems hardly right

DOOLITTLE. Dont say that, Governor. Dont look at it that way. What am I, Governors both? I ask you, what am I? I’m one of the undeserving poor: thats what I am. Think of what that means to a man. It means that hes up agen middle class morality all the time. If theres anything going, and I put in for a bit of it, it’s always the same story: “Youre undeserving; so you cant have it.” But my needs is as great as the most deserving widow’s that ever got money out of six different charities in one week for the death of the same husband. I dont need less than a deserving man: I need more. I dont eat less hearty than him; and I drink a lot more. I want a bit of amusement, cause I’m a thinking man. I want cheerfulness and a song and a band when I feel low. Well, they charge me just the same for everything as they charge the deserving. What is middle class morality? Just an excuse for never giving me anything. Therefore, I ask you, as two gentlemen, not to play that game on me. I’m playing straight with you. I aint pretending to be deserving. I’m undeserving; and I mean to go on being undeserving. I like it; and thats the truth. Will you take advantage of a man’s nature to do him out of the price of his own daughter what hes brought up and fed and clothed by the sweat of his brow until shes growed big enough to be interesting to you two gentlemen? Is five pounds unreasonable? I put it to you; and I leave it to you.

What a crazy world we live in.

I put it to you; and I leave it to you.

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