SABBATICAL NOTES. 9 JULY 2014. WEDNESDAY. N1.
'Says a moron of another professor from De La Salle: 'Di mahalaga kung ano ang tawag nila sa wika; ang mahalaga ay sinasalita nila ito.'
THERE IS a curious statement from another professor of De La Salle as seen from a thread of some advocates of linguistic justice in the Philippines.
That statement can be recast this way: 'Para sa akin past na yun (language politics re national language) e. Kung may dayaan man na nangyari, yung present ang mahalaga...'
Of course, that statement leads to the justification of that 'national language' on that basis that this is 'sinasalita ng marami.'
The logic of people like this--and this person sports 'professor' as an appellation--is the logic of the triumphalist.
Victory is more important than the murder and mayhem that happened.
It is the crown that matters.
It is the glory that makes sense.
Never mind that along the way, so many visions, dreams, sensitivities, lives, sensibilities, and mindsets have to be waylaid in the name of that one thing these people are dreaming of: 'national language' spoken by many.
It is number over right.
It is power in number.
It is the tyranny of the many against the minorities that also constitute Philippine society.
We have forgotten that in the making of this nation, the creative power of war and the undying need for freedom are the premises.
These premises have always been intertwined.
The victors have spoken: they have conquered the other nations of the land, and they othered them, and that is more important than the call for the creative power of war to fight for what is right and just and fair.
Who will protect us from these internal colonizers?
The fact that some of these victors are people from the othered nations, who will protect us from them?