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UPDATE to Academic Bigotry

October 7, 2009

Note: The following is my reply to Angeli Ateneo-Batch 2008 and all those who demanded my further answer:

In sports, it is the best athlete that will win regardless of his school, academic standing or family relations. In sports, the main goal of the athletes is to show their INDIVIDUAL ability and not collective talent or skills.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO ATENEO BLUE EAGLES! IT’S A WELL DESERVED WIN!

ALL my arguments you (Angeli) used are enough to answer your point. Generalization? I had to give examples, which came from my own observation of reality. No, ma’am, I did not generalize. I must agree that there are folks from your school who do not subscribe to academic bigotry, but why is there a need for a so-called school of reason to go down to that level, which is collectivist and anti-reason in its very essence. The Hitler example I used is just an analogy, to argue my thesis that any educational institution that preaches that pride and self-esteem are abstractions that can be decreed or anointed is improper.

Win or lose, it’s the school we choose” is a battle cry for the UNEARNED, for something that is outside the attributes and character of an individual. It’s a battle cry for ZERO… One can’t have a battle cry for the negative or ZERO unless he’s a second-hander, brainwashed or a bigot.

Of course you can argue that that slogan is only to boost the morale of your athletes, but there’s more to that– psychologically and philosophically. It means that it is OK to lose so long as you’re an Atenean. It means that no matter your flaws, inability and weaknesses, it’s forgiven because you belong “here.” It means that pride, honor, prestige and self-esteem are automatic and unearned– that when you turn 16 or 17 all you need to do is enroll in ‘your’ university.

This kind of dogmatism was employed perfectly by Hitler and Goebbels during the reign of the Nazi Germany. Luz Long had to beat Jessie Owens because he belonged to the Aryan race… that win or lose, he’d remain a creature of superior race. It is disappointing that this philosophical mindset was adopted by an educational institution in this country. I’m not saying– and I’ve never said– that it’s wrong for students to feel proud about their school. But when educators decree that you’re good and excellent because you chose their institution, then I think their line of philosophy is improper– and evil at best.

But I must say that my main point is this– academic bigotry has no room in sports. In sports, it is the best athlete that will win regardless of his school, academic standing or family relations. In sports, the main goal of the athletes is to show their INDIVIDUAL ability and not collective talent or skills. Their goal is to achieve something for themselves and not merely for their school. There is no such thing as collective talent. Of course, you can always use that slogan of yours. There’s no problem with that, but you can neither deny nor cheat reality that academic bigotry reeks in all schools the UAAP, and the misplaced philosophy of some educators has something to do with this trend. The fundamental message of my article is this: INDIVIDUALISM OVER COLLECTIVISM. Do not take things on faith. It is improper to take things on faith simply because the school, the educators or the state says so.

I’d like to add the following: “In the name of the best within you, do not sacrifice this world to those who are its worst. In the name of the values that keep you alive, do not let your vision of man be distorted by the ugly, the cowardly, the mindless in those who have never achieved his title. Do not lose your knowledge that man’s proper estate is an upright posture, an intransigent mind and a step that travels unlimited roads. Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desired can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it’s yours.”

Thank you for your comments. Good premises…

To those who had to spit invectives and unprintable rants– I don’t want to think you’re all from Ateneo or La Salle…

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. C. Galvez permalink
    October 8, 2009 3:38

    “In sports, the main goal of the athletes is to show their INDIVIDUAL ability and not collective talent or skills.”

    What happens to sports fostering teamwork and camaraderie? Some sports, such as basketball, is based on a collective effort. Yes, that still implies individual skill and talent. But who are you to say that an athlete’s primary goal and motivation is to show off their own skills and talents to the world? I’m sorry sir, you can’t generalize that all athletes think the way you think they do. No one wins a basketball (or any team-played sport for that matter) game by sheer individual talent.

    Oh and also, no one’s “decreeing” that the reason why we’re excellent is precisely because we chose to go to a particular school. Have you ever heard of the words UNITY IN DIVERSITY?

  2. October 8, 2009 3:38

    I don’t speak your language. And I must say that I’m not called upon to convince a herd of hippies.

    • One Big Fight! permalink
      October 8, 2009 3:38

      Wow, your arrogance amazes me. “And I must say” have you grown tired of arguing? (those were a lot of comments though)

      But back to the point, as an atenean i do i get your point. I understand you may feel this way especially if your NOT an Atenean. But, god damn! GET OVER IT! It’s a game. Every institution fights to be the best and to be seen as the best. It’s the way it is in every country and every school. I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s part of the system. And who doesn’t want to feel proud of their school?

      Masyado mo’ng dini-dibdib pare!

    • dragonboy8671 permalink
      October 8, 2009 3:38

      “And I must say that I’m not called upon to convince a herd of hippies.”

      So much for challenging the notion of academic bigotry.

    • C. Galvez permalink
      October 8, 2009 3:38

      “I don’t speak your language. And I must say that I’m not called upon to convince a herd of hippies.”

      What a response. Who’s the bigot now?

  3. Jeff Sy permalink
    October 8, 2009 3:38

    I understand your argument.

    I will just say that the label “Atenean” will compel some sorts of people to excel in order to live up to the excellence previous Ateneans have embodied, while other sorts of people will hide under it and do nothing to indicate to anyone that he deserves it.

    Maybe it’s like inherited wealth (reading Atlas Shrugged hehe). When the mind is not equal to the task of keeping it, it will just lose itself.

  4. mineshine permalink
    October 8, 2009 3:38

    “In sports, it is the best athlete that will win regardless of his school, academic standing or family relations. In sports, the main goal of the athletes is to show their INDIVIDUAL ability and not collective talent or skills.”

    >>You obviously don’t watch enough team sports. Case and point: Kobe Bryant before last season. Quite simply, he was the best player individual player in the NBA surrounded by nobodies, but no matter how much he asserted his superior individual ability, those teams never won squat. Best athlete does not mean a winner, regardless of school, regardless of ability, regardless of sport.

    “Of course you can argue that that slogan is only to boost the morale of your athletes, but there’s more to that– psychologically and philosophically. It means that it is OK to lose so long as you’re an Atenean. It means that no matter your flaws, inability and weaknesses, it’s forgiven because you belong “here.” It means that pride, honor, prestige and self-esteem are automatic and unearned– that when you turn 16 or 17 all you need to do is enroll in ‘your’ university.”

    >> Actually, it’s not ‘okay’ to lose. Ateneans have adopted Aristotle’s philosophy (I’m sure you know this guy) on excellence as a habit as one of its slogans for their 150th anniversary. And I think you would agree as an academic that mediocrity is unacceptable by any standard. Next, Getting into Ateneo or any university is an accomplishment in itself by meeting their standards and tests, and that is earned by the individual. However, what the individual ascribes to is not simply the name of the school, but what it actually stands for. In terms of semiotics theory, no signifier (Ateneo) can exist without a signified (values). The signifier derives meaning from its signified, meaning as unique as the context of every individual interpreter. In your case Ateneo may smack of arrogance and elitism (we’ll go into that later) but to the Atenean it means a set of values revolving around (despite oozing with Catholic dogma) service for others, which last time I checked is considered a universal value. Here is where we draw the line between the mantra and Nazi facism because the Nazi party and symbol were worshipped as an end in itself as a means to control, whereas there is a substantiated reason to be proud of belonging to Ateneo. Students are not taught to believe that they are superior to other schools. Rather, when they understand what it is to imbibe the values of service characteristic of an Atenean, it then becomes something that they become proud of.

  5. Proud to be Atenean permalink
    October 8, 2009 3:38

    It’s not a matter of making the choice to go to the Ateneo but of HAVING that choice to begin with. Some people just don’t make the cut no matter what they do or say. Making the cut reflects our ability, our own INDIVIDUAL accomplishments.

  6. ..... permalink
    October 9, 2009 3:38

    FVB: “And I must say that I’m not called upon to convince a herd of hippies.”

    This, along with so many others you have written, is such a bigoted statement. Such a hypocrite. You accuse us of being bigots, yet you write statements like the one above?

    FVB: “In sports, the main goal of the athletes is to show their INDIVIDUAL ability and not collective talent or skills. Their goal is to achieve something for themselves and not merely for their school. There is no such thing as collective talent.”

    Not a sports fan, eh? Two words: Boston Celtics. Even if it’s an individual sport like, say, tennis, the tennis player will still not be able to play well without the help of various actors (i.e. coaches, physical therapists etc.)

    FVB: “It means that it is OK to lose so long as you’re an Atenean. It means that no matter your flaws, inability and weaknesses, it’s forgiven because you belong “here.” It means that pride, honor, prestige and self-esteem are automatic and unearned– that when you turn 16 or 17 all you need to do is enroll in ‘your’ university.”

    Mas alam mo pa ang school hymn namin kesa sa aming mga Atenista na kinakanta na ito mga bata pa lang kami? I’m sorry, but how did you arrive at this conclusion based on 8 words from a school hymn that isn’t even your school’s? You’re over-reading. It’s a simple school hymn.

    Obviously, marami ding bigots sa Ateneo. Pero sa lahat ng schools may ganun di ba? Why single us out? Because of one line from a school hymn?

  7. October 22, 2009 3:38

    didnt know there were actually some hardcore NERDS from UE. i hope you can find a way to make money out of your nonsense philosophizing, but im sure in the end you’ll still just be alone and poor(id be surprised if you even reach the middle-class on your own). while the BIGOT Ateneans and Lasallians will continue to amass more wealth and tighten their grip on the financial and political landscape of this country. say what you will, but only a select few really have a say on whats going on and sadly for you, most of them come from ATENEO. just open your eyes, the people that control media, telecommunications, food industry and agriculture — EVEN the simple things that keep you alive like light and water .. who controls these things? Ateneans and Lasallians! and where are the philosopher UE grads? here on the internet blogging their life away, ranting to the moon! its sad actually.

    • marc_cuban permalink
      October 22, 2009 3:38

      this bigot poser is ONE BIG TROLL!!! GET SOME LIFE, YOU DUMB ASS!

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