Week 8 Reflection Blog

This blog will also be about political violence. But unlike last week, I will talk about acts of political violence that are society initiated. In this week, we were presented with some namely rebellion, civil war, revolutions, terrorism, and structural violence. Like what I did in my previous blogs, I will not discuss them one by one but will just share my overall insights about this week’s discussion.

As we all know, and as I can fully understand, every single one of us has something that we are passionate about and that we fight for. Lahat tayo ay may sari-sariling views and opinions. And these views and opinions may vary and be contrasting with one another. Kaya I am really not surprised if may kaguluhan talagang nangyayari sa mundo natin ngayon. Sa Philippines pa lang, ang dami na natin and lahat tayo ay iba-iba ang sinasabi kaya hindi nagkakasundo-sundo ang mga tao. But what I am concerned about is that should we really need to use violence just to be heard? I mean, yes, I can say this because I am not in the position of those who are fighting for something pero kasi these acts of violence can get out of hand and minsan, nauuwi sa sakitan and worse, patayan.

Also, what concerns me is that minsan, pati yung mga innocent ay nadadamay. Imagine, you are just enjoying with your family sa mall tapos biglang may magpapasabog ng bomba. Ang daming namamatay dahil sa political violence most especially sa terrorism. Ang masaklap pa dito is pati yung mga inosente, nadadamay. And for what? Para mapansin ng mga tao? Ng gobyerno? I do not want to invalidate the feelings and the rights or opinions of those who terrorize kasi I can fully understand na may pinaglalaban din naman sila. That they just want to be heard too. What’s not right is that we use coercion and violence that harm other people. Kasi there are others rin naman na hindi gumagamit ng violence like revolutions. May mga revolutions naman na hindi nagkakagulo. They just want change. Most revolutions are driven by individuals and groups who are inspired by hope, idealism, and dreams of a better society (Alpha History, n.d.).

The sad truth about political violence is that it is done, be it state or society initiated, in order to push through with their own goals and interests. Well, I can’t blame those people as sometimes, peaceful talks aren’t enough. Yes, I also do not want to tolerate violence but I am also trying to understand kung ano yung pinanggagalingan ng mga tao. We always say na “hindi dahas ang solusyon.” Pero sometimes, those people once relied on peaceful talks or negotiations and wala naman napuntahan or sometimes, hindi sila napapakinggan. Kaya they sought what they want through violence. Hindi tama ang manakit or ang gumamit ng dahas pero may reason din naman on why they opted to use violence. And ayung root cause na yun ang gusto kong malaman and maintindihan to somehow help in lessening these acts of political violence. In the book Rebels and Revolutionaries in North China, 1845–1945 by Elizabeth Perry, it sees rebellion as a response to challenges for survival (Litlle, n.d). Kasi while growing up, I have learned a lot of things and of them is that usually, yung mga nagiging rebelde or yung mga “villain” sa paningin ng tao are yung mga hindi naiintindihan, hindi napapansin, or binabaliwala. That sometimes, kailangan lang din nila ng taong makikinig sa kanila. That those who we see as bad people sometimes just want to be heard. To end I want to quote Tyrell Perkinson:

“As kids, we loved the heroes. As adults, we understand the villains.”

References:

Alpha History. (n.d.). What is a Revolution? Retrieved from https://alphahistory.com/vcehistory/what-is-a-revolution/

Little, D. (n.d.). Lecture 10: Theories of Rebellion. Retrieved from http://www-personal.umd.umich.edu/~delittle/Lectures/wpss%20lecture%2010.pdf

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