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TorgoX (1933)

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Wednesday April 16, 2003
05:22 PM

Resentment

[ #11690 ]
Dear Log,

«Nearly two-thirds of the roughly 80 million ethnic Filipinos in the Philippines live on less than $2 a day. Forty percent spend their entire lives in temporary shelters. Seventy percent of all rural Filipinos own no land. Almost a third have no access to sanitation.

[...]But over time I have also had glimpses of how the vast majority of Filipinos, especially someone like Abique, must see the [ethnic] Chinese: as exploiters, foreign intruders, their wealth inexplicable, their superiority intolerable.»

--"A World on the Edge"

Idea of the say: the easiest myths to spread are those that are based on resentment, and create resentment. My favorite case is Native Americans whipping themselves into seething resentment based on the myth that "squaw" is an obscenity, as found in many placenames.

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  • Seething myths (Score:3, Insightful)

    by vsergu (505) on 2003.04.16 17:47 (#19221) Journal
    Similarly with the myths that the etymologies of "rule of thumb" [debunker.com] and "picnic" [quinion.com] relate to wife beating and lynching, respectively. Or the myth that Charles Drew [urbanlegends.com], a pioneer in blood transfusion, bled to death because of racism (that one also has the advantage of being a good story). Or the myth that returning Vietnam veterans were spat on [thevoicenews.com] by antiwar protesters.