The problem with unfollowing everyone who you disagree with, as we've all probably established by now, is that you end up being in your own custom-built echo chamber, where everybody agrees with you, and therefore, you can do nothing wrong.
Sure, say it's about keeping your sanity intact and your mental health in check, but it leads to you not having the full picture. Sure, you can say you're shutting out the negative, but you can't ever claim that you have a full understanding of what's going on, not if you only see the side of the story that clicks with your belief system.
The past year has been a clusterfuck, to say the least, and rightfully a huge chunk of the blame belongs to the government for squandering the many opportunities (and the surprising amount of goodwill bestowed upon it, at least in the early stages) it had to properly and decisively respond to the COVID-19 crisis. I mean, as I write this, on the first day of Metro Manila's return to the strictest form of everyone-finally-calls-it-a-lockdown, the situation is at its worst. Ten thousand new cases in one day, for the first time since the pandemic first struck. And it can only get worse from here, what with still no structures in place for proper tracing and testing, not to mention us somehow having cultivated a variant all our own. All the government has to say about this is, "see, it's your fault you're stubborn."
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I have riffed before on one of the first things Sir Doy, one of my college professors, said in class.
"Always use the present tense," he said in, I think, the first day of our introduction to film class. "Everything that happens on screen happens in the present tense."
He was talking specifically about how we should approach our term-long assignment, where we had to write "notes" on every film we decided to watch in the next thirteen weeks. That means both the films we watch for class, the films we to watch in between classes, and perhaps the films we watch on the weekend.
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