Why I wrote my “Academic Bigotry” Blog?
I do believe that it is improper and evil for a school to preach dogmatism and to teach its students to take things on faith…
I HAVE never concealed my primary motivation in writing my controversial blog entitled “When UAAP is Reduced to Mere Academic Bigotry.” I told my angry commenters that it was just a “test case” or an experiment, although I must say that I still stand by my position no matter what. I have no regrets at all. Here’s what I said: “I wrote this as a test case. To really know how they would think and behave. I didn’t just write this for pleasure or for the sake of hitting the iron while it’s still hot. I had this observation long, long ago, and no matter how they deny it, it’s already obvious to conceal or to fake reality. The worst enemy of this country is its top universities that preach the virtue of altruism, self-sacrifice, selfishness and collectivism. Sad to say, but it’s proven… Of course they can’t understand my thesis unless they’re given a choice… and I think you know what I mean…”
What’s the link between the premise of my “Academic Bigotry” blog and the Hitler analogy? Why did I say that most of the academic bigots behaved as if they were conceived through Adolf Hitler’s Lebensborn? What’s the relation of my blog “experiment” to movie “The Wave”?
I stated that there’s a philosophy behind their “academic bigotry,” and I’d like to reiterate that I was not referring to a single educational institution. I made myself clear; I was mainly talking about the “academic bigots” in general. I stated the following: “Sad to say, most commenters cried foul over how I defined their UAAP mantra, which I described as bigoted. I had to state the message behind this bigoted slogan— “Win or lose, it’s the school you choose”— and I anticipated that most would interpose such lines of defense as ‘collective spirit,’ ‘school’s support for the team,’ etc. To Ateneans, this mantra certainly sounds patriotic and enchanting. I have expected that they would defend to death that this slogan, probably endorsed by the Jesuits, is only intended to boost the morale of their athletes.
“But this is not the main issue here. Most of my critics cried foul over my simple evaluation of their slogan. It’s simple because I have not yet written a full-blown article on the matter. What I would like to establish is the philosophical bond between academic bigotry and collectivism/altruism. I used the Hitler connection as an analogy. Hitler also employed the same propaganda to keep his Aryan people sedated, brainwashed and indoctrinated. The Nazi propaganda served as an opium to fool his unthinking, stupid masses. Throughout history there were two groups of men who ruled the world— the mystic of spirit (religionists, the Catholic Church, cultists, etc.) and the mystic of muscle (the collectivists, socialists, communists, Nazis, and their derivatives).”
It is disappointing that this same collectivist-bigot ploy is being proudly adopted in this country, and it’s not surprising that the adopter is a Catholic school. My observation of academic bigotry did not spring just a few days ago. I am not singling out Ateneo, and I’m aware that there are many schools out there that embrace such a collective mentality. I do believe that it is improper and evil for a school to preach dogmatism and to teach its students to take things on faith, as well as the virtue of self-sacrifice, altruism and service for others.
Judging by the way they responded, I think we’re leading toward collectivism because we are now in an age of mediocrity due to the dogmatism and faith-based educational system of most universities today
I have firmly emphasized my Hitler analogy to explain the philosophy behind “their” bigotry. Thus I said: “The first time I saw this slogan about two years ago, it is as if the hands of time reverted back to the Nazi Germany era. I felt that there’s something to dread about this slogan, and the same is not just proper to be embraced by an institution of learning or of reason. The antidote to this kind of creed– or mantra– is this: “The important thing about you is what you choose to make happen – your values and choices. That which happened by accident – what family you were born into, in what country, and where you went to school – is totally unimportant.”
As a “test case,” my blog was able to prove my point. I made the following statement in reply to a commenter: “This proves one thing… that the so-called elite universities are the menace of or the worst threat to this country. Judging by the way they responded, I think we’re leading toward collectivism because we are now in an age of mediocrity due to the dogmatism and faith-based educational system of most universities today. I do not speak the language of most commenters here. Their responses reflect how brainwashed or indoctrinated they are. Try to review the comments here. One mentioned that this country is a liberal-capitalist-democratic, and even challenged me to reevaluate my statement that the ruling philosophers of this country are Marx, Kant, Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church. Where did he/she get that information? From his professors?
Another commenter said that in sports it is a must to have collective efforts, collective talent and so on. No, I don’t speak that language. Judging by the way most of you replied to my blog, I can say that you will favor most of the following propositions:
– redistribution of wealth
-universal or social health care
-nationalization of some industries
-government spending in social welfare programs
-socialized or subsidized medicine
-subsidized private firms.”
Have you ever read or watched The Wave? If not, I urge you to see it.