I have always respected people who are brave enough to tell their thoughts and people who are never afraid to say what they feel and fight for it. Some even considered them as more genuine and braver than others, because they don’t care what people will think of them as long as they are being true to themselves. I guess this is the reason why “Magpakatotoo ka” tag line became legendary.
However, this notion is being manipulated by people who want to make it as an excuse for their insecurities, undeveloped disciplined and stunted temper. Others would say, it’s just okay to show cold behavior to a person because you don’t FEEL like him, and carelessly say whatever you thought about him, whether good or bad. Justifying yourself -> “At least hindi ka plastic!”
We’ll no one is exempted in this case cause I’m sure that in any ways each of us have some people whom we don’t really like, isn’t it?
I don’t have anything against people being true to themselves as long as this would settle for what’s best and this would improve their being. If “pagpakatotoo” would improve your relationship to others and elevate your self worth and confidence then I think there’s nothing wrong with it.
Because for me, a real authentic and brave person
as quoted(which I greatly commend) is someone who can control his emotions, rather than his emotions controlling him.
It’s not always about us... our feelings… our rights. I’m sure we’ll still be meeting more people whom we don’t like or agree with. In our workplaces – they may be our bosses whom we think are not good enough or employees whom we don’t feel like working with; In schools – they can be our teacher who regard themselves as a-know-it all but is actually not and worse is… it can be in our own home. We cannot change people, but we can always change our attitude in dealing with them.
Lao-tzu was a real life guru as he quoted, “He who gains victory over other men is strong but he who gains victory over himself is all powerful.” J