SLAVE MENTALITY OF THE FILIPINOS
Since time immemorial, I have been noticing how Filipino workers would generally succumb to the old cliché: DON'T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS YOU.
In the old komiks industry for instance, some talented people (writers and artists) tend to do whatever the publishers blatantly ask them.
Don't start a UNION!
Don't start a GUILD!
Don't create any work that the company thinks would be against its policies.
Many bowed their heads and let the monopoly thrived.
Very few progressive-minded talents disagreed and did EXACTLY what the bosses have forbidden them to do.
The meek ones remained in the publication. The bold ones were annihilated to kingdom come.
I have nothing but respect for these group who were so valiant enough to fight for what is right.
And for those YES MEN, I have nothing but disgust for you. In a court of law, an accomplice to murder is also guilty of murder. Therefore, this meek group of people, condoning the CONSTRICTION of these so-called monopolous publishers, became an instrument to aid the business men to treat the outspoken ones like excrement, to say the least.
Reasoning such as the following is the height of one's imbecillic thinking:
"Dibat ang taong pilit niyong sinisiraan na mang-gagamit ay siya ngayong nagpapakain sa mga nawalan ng trabaho sa komiks. At kahit sa sandaling panahon may kaunti silang panapal na nailagay sa matagal na nilang butas na bituka.
hindi obserbasyon o sour graping ang sagot mr. cool. aT DI PANINIRA! "
As long as we get people with such stupid reasoning and outlook, there will always be unfair practices involving treatment, salary, even artistic freedom.
Why can't these people see the light? Why can't they realize that without them as talent of a publishing company, THERE WILL BE NO BUSINESS? The publisher may be the hand that feeds you, but it's YOU who make it happen so that that hand will have something to feed you in the first place. Isn't this simple enough to be seen, felt, realized?
What's wrong with these group of senseless people, trying to denigrade themselves by believing they are actually SLAVES and therefore should just follow their MASTERS with closed eyes?
"That's BALONEY! Stupid is not written on my forehead," Judge Judy will surely say.
These meek and mindless creatures, have, what Philosopher Friedrick Nietzsche would call, THE SLAVE MENTALITY.
These people blindly believe that there is something virtuous about their own enslavement, and therefore they seek it and languish in it. They think there is something virtuous about self-belittlement and the psychological crippling that goes with it. The slave mentality promoted psychological feebleness; and it regarded all of this as honourable.
If you belong to this group, whoever you are, please wake up and smell the CHAMPAKA.
Do what is right. You are not BELOW your publisher. You are EVEN with your publisher. You work for him, he pays you in return. Symbiosis. Period.
Meanwhile, for those who formed a workers union, special mention for that well-known artist who reportedly SLAPPED AN EDITOR, and for those who defied the publishers for treating them unfairly – Let's all stand up and give them all a big hand of applause.
Never again should komiks writers and illustrators allow any monopoly in komiks publishing. The time has come that talent fees be upgraded according to the current standard of living. Komiks writers and Illustrators are human beings, too. Treat them fairly.