Apparently, the rise of anti-intelligent culture in the Philippines can be seen EVERYWHERE.

Screenshot from YouTube Video

Screenshot from YouTube Video

Not a single day passes that we don’t encounter smart-shaming lines thrown at each other online. Here’s a list of these lines that make our eyes sore and at times, make us close our Facebook account and take a break.

Ang dami mong alam.

The basic line of smart-shaming. When the debate gets hot and the arguments are just going on in circles, sooner rather than later, there will be somebody who will talk sense out of all of you.

He may present facts and data, or even critical opinions. These kind of people are around the Internet to balance the fight. Then suddenly there will also be someone who will repel their arguments by saying “and dami mo namang alam.”

Sige na, ako na bobo (ikaw na matalino).

When one person says, “Ang dami mong alam,” something like “Sige na, ako na bobo, ikaw na matalino” will definitely follow. This can happen when one of the opposing team is at a loss for words but won’t admit it, so there’s one thing left to do: drag your opponent down with you by mocking his/her intelligent approach.

Pa-English-English ka pa.

Philippines, is one the most fluent English speakers in the whole world. Even Americans are proud of our mastery of their tongue, and yet our same blood thinks otherwise. When you use English in your posts or comments, you’ll be criticized as elite and highborn.

For most of us, English is the language of the educated, and unfortunately for the Philippines, a lot are left in poverty without a chance of going to school, thus people may see English as a status-related thing. There’s nothing wrong with using another language or dialect, but our mentality puts some strong barriers on it.

Ang bobo mo naman.

Here’s when things go full circle. When someone has the upper place in an argument or discussion, seldom they belittle other’s ideas by cussing them out as “bobo.” Yes, I agree that there are some people out there who blatantly shout their opinions without giving it a second thought, but as the unspoken rules of life, it’s not right in any way to call someone bobo.

Tingnan mo itsura n’yan, mukhang ewan.

I really hate this one, and I encounter this often. When netizens are bickering about something in the comments section, when one guy is being bullied, there will always be another guy who will open his personal account and make fun of his pictures and posts. Afterwards, comments will veer away from the topic and everyone will make fun of him/her. Arguments like this will go nowhere and needs to be stopped.

Okay lang, ayaw naman din n’ya sa’yo.

We see this often when a person talks about his/her disgust or disagreement with someone prominent. When there’s a post of a singer, and someone will say, “Ayoko d’yan, di naman ‘yan marunong kumanta.”

The reply will surely be, “Okay lang, ayaw naman din n’ya s’yo.” When there’s a post about a politician, and someone will say, “Corrupt naman ‘yan eh, ayoko d’yan!”  We get the same reply.

People will have their own opinions about everything, and because social media sites haven’t established boundaries yet, everyone can put literally anything that comes to their head. But when the opinions are voiced rather unprofessional and rude, well that’s another story.

Puro ka reklamo. Ikaw, ano ba nagawa mo para sa bansa?

This is my personal worst smart-shaming line ever. Like what has  been mentioned above, social media sites knows no boundaries and almost everything can be shared on it, including your grievances.But at the moment you share them

When we freely express it, though, some people will only see the surface that of your post or comment or share and think that you are just ‘complaining’ about something, especially when it’s about national issues.

With this line of thought, someone will eventually say “Ikaw, ano ba nagawa mo para sa bansa?” – This? Is not a nice thing to say to a taxpayer, a student who takes his studies seriously, a member of the country’s workforce, or an OFW. Everyone in the internet is a real person with a real story, and saying things like this to someone you don’t even know.

In a nutshell: smart-shaming will get us nowhere. It is just dragging one person down and it happens over and over again. In a virtual world like the internet where people exist real time, real personalities; respect is a must. (Luke Godoy)

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