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    Friday, June 5, 2020

    #FinisherFriday (6/5/20): The Art of Holding People Accountable


    Welcome to another edition of #FinisherFriday! This is Wreddit_Regal bringing you a short review of one of the most powerful setup moves the human race has ever come up with.

    What do you do when you eat at a restaurant, and upon taking the first bite of your steak, you taste something that teeters between moldy and rotten?

    What do you do when you go shop at a Wal-Mart, and the cashier gives you less change than what the machine displays on the screen?

    What do you do when you see a person harassed by another guy on the street?

    Do you turn a blind eye to this stuff? No, you speak out and let them know that they messed up.

    Challenging what is wrong by voicing out is the average citizen's ability to spark change in their respective areas. More often than not, people would let any bad situation that doesn't affect them slide. But a person with a good moral compass would think that even if it did not affect them directly, something still needs to be done about it. Letting fuck-ups slide actually invites people to do the same wrongdoings again because no one called them out about it - and no one in their right state of mind wouldn't want that to happen. Calling out these people doesn't make you a Karen, but a caring member of society with good governance in mind.


    So how does voicing out your opinions and criticisms work? Here's a step-by-step tutorial:
    1. The citizen studies the situation or predicament at hand first
    2. The citizen creates his/her own educated point of view regarding the said situation
    3. The citizen uses an available platform in order to voice out his/her said opinion
    4. The recipient, upon hearing the said opinions/critiques, reflects on the present situation and their actions which may or may not have alleviated the said situation
    5. The recipient taps all available resources in order to improve their actions

    Critiques are wonderful because of the following reasons:

    1. It's a relatively peaceful act. The simplest way of voicing out is through information dissemination on social media. No name-calling, no fake news, no profanities, no threats—just cold hard facts and the desire for true change. Arguably on top of the food chain are rallies and demonstrations. It could be a little bit loud and rowdy, but many a spectator have felt the candor of protesters as they march the streets, making their voices heard by the masses. Surely there's nothing that incites violence about these kinds of actions, right?


    2. It exercises your right as a citizen of your country. It does not label you an ingrate; on the contrary, it labels you as someone who cares enough for your country that you risked being called an ingrate and a complainer. People who blindly support any government without looking at their inadequacies and inequities aren't citizens—they are puppets.


    3. It can simultaneously be an attack and not an attack. To any authority who has an open mind and a heart for change, constructive criticism serves as only a reminder that they can do better in serving their constituents. But for people who close their eyes and ears to the plights of their people, these kinds of stuff attacks their ego, rustling their jimmies along the way. Take that, Schrodinger's cat.


    Using my Regal Rating, I would give this setup move a:

    10/10 for aesthetics. You know that I'm a sucker for flippy shit, but on top of that, I'm also a fan of intelligent discourse and peaceful argumentation. There's something about a person making his point heard without causing harm to another, just like two chess players trying to impose their intelligence in the playing field.


    10/10 for damage change. Search for anything related to peaceful revolutions online, and you'll find yourself reading a lot of history chunks. Soon enough, you'll discover that people who planted the seeds of dissatisfaction with the status quo through speaking out had a ten-fold harvest, and the people who continued to turned a deaf ear to these reaped the bloody side of the harvest.


    But as theoretically effective as voicing out your opinions are, there are some people who do not want to listen, and instead would like to shut the mouths of the people involved. From what I've heard from my friends at the Smark Henry headquarters, there's an upcoming law in the Philippines that entails the risk of being detained or imprisoned once the government mislabels you as a "terrorist" for voicing out your opinions. I'm no expert in politics, but curtailing the ability of an average person to express his/her concerns is a direct violation of their constitutional rights as citizens and taxpayers. Quoting Ricky's statement in his article about nitpicking wrestling, "demanding more doesn’t necessarily mean you are ungrateful for their hard work; it just means you believe in your heart that they can do better."

    Chaps, if you can freely share your thoughts and opinions about the state of an art that is considered as "fake" and "play-fighting" by many, how much more on what they consider as "real" and "present"? At the end of the day, we are just wrestling fans, but more than that, we have the capacity to hold the people sitting on their high chairs accountable for any of their fuck-ups, especially on these trying times.


    Don't take this lying down. As Philippine Wrestling Revolution and other promotions posted on their social media yesterday, now is the time to kick out.

    #JunkTerrorBill
    #DefendPressFreedom


    *****

    Wreddit_Regal is the resident sports kinesiologist of Reddit's wrestling forum, r/squaredcircle. From the most basic of punches to the most intricate double-team maneuvers, he can explain them within the realm of human anatomy and physics, because when doing absolutely nothing wrestling-related, he also happens to work as an operating room nurse.
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