Why do Pinoys lack the necessary DISCIPLINE?
July 6, 2007 8:46pm CST
During the years of the dictatorial Marcos regime, one of the most popular slogan was "Sa pag-unlad ng bayan, disiplina ang kailangan" (To have progress, discipline is needed). I don't know what happened then. Filipinos at home are known to lack the necessary discipline. And this is easily seen on the road. We always love to make shortcuts causing more problems to us and others. Why do you think this is so?
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15 Sep 07
The way I see it, it's really because of the government and all the corrupt officials in it, starting from the baranggay tanod to the higher up. Everyone is just corrupt. One is not afraid to violate rules because the one who made the rules are the ones who do violate them. It's all because of poor implementation of the law and because of bribery and red tapes. One just gets away with anything if he has money to pay.
15 Sep 07
Self-discipline is something that each citizen should have. The most blatant example is on the proper disposal of trash and litters. We admire people who dispose of their garbage properly as their contribution to saving mother earth. However, as I reminisce the quotation during the Marcos regime, I readily agree to it, although its implementation has become a national shame. Trash are thrown anywhere and everywhere causing clogged canals and damage to the environment, disobeying traffic and other rules, graft and corruption, etc. Why this lack of discipline? The good news is, not all Filipinos lack discipline. There are still millions who still pay their taxes religiously, throw their garbage properly, follow ever rules and regulations, etc. I guess the Filipino mentality of 'puede na 'yan' is a contributory factor. It's ingrained in the Filipino personality...to accept mediocrity in school, at work, and everywhere. Another one is the culture of resignation as a result of long years of being colonized...we have become a people who became submissive and do not assert or fight for what is good...our "bahala na" attitude could also be a culprit...we see pedestrians crossing in no crossing superhighways...."bahala na", the Pinoy quips...then of course, our identification with Juan Tamad has become so strong some of us lost our desire for achievement and excellence due to this 'syndrome'...I may be right or wrong, but our lacking in discipline could be due to the bad examples passed on to us by our great grandparents...it has become a tradition passed on from generation to generation....And lastly, our will and our characters are so weak we are easily swayed into doing what is wrong, instead of doing what is right...
5 Sep 07
I find this saying very true and in fact, I had been training my kids under those words. I think the government plays a great role in wide-spreading discipline in the country but before that, it should start from the home where in parents play as children's role model. Schools are also big tools where children could learn about discipline. The sad thing is that, these establishments tend to fail most of the time in carrying this mission.
• Quezon City, Philippines
8 Jul 07
I do think that lack of discipline amongst the general public is a reflection of those that are in power right now. If the general public does see that the government cannot reform itself it shows back in its citizenry. You can just compare it to those that work in other countries, Filipinos are mostly disciplined in there. It is because they see the government they are working for are also doing its job to make their society as orderly as possible that is why they do what they are supposed to do.
• Baguio, Philippines
7 Jul 07
Because we're too lazy. Rizal cited some reasons why we're lazy. One is the region of climate where we belong, it's hot and seasons is almost dry. We tend to give up if we sweat too much and take rest awhile. All other countries, if you have noticed are well-discipline like Korea, Japan, Canada, European Countries... all shared the same upper region of the equator.
• United States
7 Jul 07
it is sad as the Philippines used to be on the same par as Japan in the early 60's..after Marco's looted the country and his crony's there is still corruption and graft that keeps the Philippines down. The Philippines is considered the Mexico of the orient. The corruption starts at the toop and works it way down to the grass roots level. I don't see much improvement. The Americans were blamed for this problem but now that they are gone who will the Filipinos blame next? The muslims?