Good manners, right conduct

Everything now is about your political color and why one behaves as such because of his/her preference.

With one playful gesture, this country was turned upside down and suddenly had a moral epiphany.

Am talking about that much-discussed, trending issue of celebrity Alex Gonzaga and her infamous cake icing smear on a hapless waiter.

The awakening came in various forms of opinion, lecturing, virtue-signaling, and even grandstanding from almost all who were either triggered, affected, or just wanted to be relevant. It was the talk of the town for days, and it’s like everyone who is on social media had to have a say in the matter.

Exhibit A is this column, haha.

Again, from a very simple and playful gesture.

But lest I be misinterpreted, I won’t dwell on the virtue of the act or the ignominy of it.

Instead, I wanna talk about why it is being talked about.

The answer — is politics!

If the said cake icing smear happened in a setting where politics is not so much as big a daily deal, then it would have just come to pass with no harm done to anyone.

But in this current environment where everything appears politically motivated, even fun stuff is now dangerous and risky to do.

Everything now is about your political color and why one behaves as such because of his/her preference.

Even running a business carries the risk of being called out or canceled just because you voted for this or that politico.

Yes, it’s that bad nowadays, and it is really taking the fun out of simple joys.

Whether the said gesture was right or wrong, the real issue here is why do we even care so much that we have to impose our sanctimony and virtue on Alex, on Kuya Waiter, and on all who joined the fray.

We are in on it because we probably want everybody to know that we are the better human being because of the political color we are carrying.

We are in on it because we want everyone to realize that we made the better choice and that our lives are now so much better because of it.

But who are we kidding?

At the end of the day, we perhaps missed out on the fact that we were all fooled into engaging in it because we were too consumed by our own prejudice and hypocrisy.

And the real schemers are laughing all the way to the bank.

Mark my word.

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