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There will come a time, of course, when all Baby Boomers will get old, die and leave the world to the generation after them.
Yes, the Baby Boomers, those born around the Second World War, the people who are currently holding the reins of our country, our current leaders. Those who grew up on Elvis and James Dean. Those whose life peg is Michael Corleone of "The Godfather" fame. Generation Erap.
In my humble opinion, they’re not doing a stellar job of running the country. There’s much graft and corruption, a dearth of development in rural areas, and a host of other headaches to boot. I also think that most of their post-war belief systems are outdated, no longer compliant to the needs of the modern world.
There will come a time, of course, once the Baby Boomers go the way of the dinosaurs, when Generation X and Y (the MTV and the Twitter set) will take over the coffers of this one-horse country we call The Philippines. Keep in mind that a good chunk of that set is… drumroll please: the Hipsters.
I expect you to gasp, shudder and shriek, “Heavens to P-Noy, the hipsters are taking over Malacañang?”
Breathe. Relax. Assume the lotus position. Humor me, naysayers, because it could not be as bad it may sound. Read on as I bring you 8 compelling reasons why hipsters running the Philippines may not be too shabby an idea. It maybe even good for all of us.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/8-Reasons-Why-Hipsters-As-Politicians-text-photo-8.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]8. Hipsters put a premium on culture[/text_image]
Imagine Francois Truffaut-like intellectuals running the Optical Media Board, the MTRCB and the Metro Manila Film Festival. Imagine Palanca Award-winning booknerds spearheading campaigns on literacy in cogon-heavy remote areas of the country. Imagine architecture snobs weaned on eVolo magazine gentrifying the abysmal streets of Paco and Carriedo.
Hipsters live and breathe culture. And if Philippine culture is a confused one, then by all means, let the hipsters shine their light on it. They’d probably do a better job than the bored wives of mayors whose only sense of culture comes from Lakbay Diwa books. What some call snobbery, others call cultural upgrading.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/8-Reasons-Why-Hipsters-As-Politicians-text-photo-7.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]7. Hipsters have a good eye for aesthetics[/text_image]
An impeccable sense of design is natural to hipsters than most members of the human race. (You should take a gander at their Moleskine sketchpads.)
An impeccable sense of design is what the Philippines needs right now. A pundit on urban development once opined: “Once beauty is installed in a place, the rest will follow. That includes peace, order, and health.”
Say goodbye to Comic Sans and other tacky font choices by the government. Say goodbye to badly dubbed PCSO infomercials. Say goodbye to horrible choices in the color schemes of our overpasses and public toilets. Once the hipsters have taken hold of the DPWH, the Philippines will look a little more like Wiliamsburg, Vancouver or Portland, and that thought just turned my cheeks scarlet with hope.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/8-Reasons-Why-Hipsters-As-Politicians-text-photo-6a.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]6. Hipsters care about the environment[/text_image]
The words free-range, biosolids and David Suzuki are words often found in the hipster’s back pocket. If there’s one thing hipsters consider cool, it’s caring about the environment.
If hipsters were in office, gas-guzzling SUVs and leviathan buses in EDSA will definitely be chucked out off our shores. Picture bike lanes and kale-producing pocket gardens along Commonwealth.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/8-Reasons-Why-Hipsters-As-Politicians-text-photo-5a.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]5. Hipsters believe in the DIY philosophy[/text_image]
In a nutshell, hipsters are what happens when you combine the Renaissance men from the 1700s with the hippies from the '60s and give them a Google search bar. They’re the autodidacts of the modern world. DIY is their favorite acronym.
And, yes, Do It Yourself may be a welcome philosophy in a country that tends towards the antiquated bosing-alipores mentality.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/8-Reasons-Why-Hipsters-As-Politicians-text-photo-4.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]4. Hipsters are well read and articulate[/text_image]
On national television, it’s endearing to hear the current leaders of our country mistake their P’s for their F’s, or their B’s with their V’s, when delivering speeches. Charming, right? “Feefle op da Pilipins…” Their poor grasp of English grammar often come off as cute, in a lolo kind of way.
But after decades and decades of this, we should go past the cute, at some point soon, and return to the style of great orators. Politicians should inspire the people through their heart-rending St. Crispin Day’s speeches, and not through their cuddly grandfatherly ways.
Think about it: most hipsters are the overeducated, university nerd-types who speak fluent English and/or balagtasan-level Filipino. Surely, they’d make their speeches poignant, poetic and peppered with pop culture references, short of a damn fine TED Talk. Sign me up for this!
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/8-Reasons-Why-Hipsters-As-Politicians-text-photo-3.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]3. Hipsters are not too religious[/text_image]
I’m not saying that politicians have no right to religion, but in the case of the Philippines, religious politicians can often give us ulcers. For instance, a great chunk of our Muslim brothers keep on griping that more than half of our leaders are card-carrying Catholics, ignorant of the needs of Mindanao. What’s worse is religion makes politics dirtier than it already is, what with the sale of Church votes and senators bringing out the God card when they’re in a pickle.
Hipsters believe in cause-and-effect. They also respect and understand most world religions, without bullheadedly subscribing to one. I kind of like that.
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/8-Reasons-Why-Hipsters-As-Politicians-text-photo-2a.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]2. Hipsters have very modern opinions on family[/text_image]
The Baby Boomers were a generation raised on black-and-white TV commercials where the father goes home, kisses the wife and watches TV with his three to five kids over steak dinners. That was the Dream after the war.
Baby Boomers are true blue family men, nothing less, nothing more. They put value on their families above everyone else, and that includes their vitamin-deficient countrymen. I think that’s what makes the World’s Greatest Dads ill-suited statesmen.
Hipsters, on the other hand, have more future-skewing beliefs when it comes to family. They care more about leaving a mark on the world than raising children. (Heck, most hipsters I know would rather adopt a tabby cat than have a kid.)
Would that give them more focus on the job at hand? A reverberating yes!
[text_image img="http://8list.com.ph/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/8-Reasons-Why-Hipsters-As-Politicians-text-photo-1a.jpg" width="100%" type="subheading"]1. Hipsters scoff atthe idea of lavish lifestyles[/text_image]
Not only would hipsters find Jeane Napoles’ Porsche-driving, money-on-the-bathtub, Justin Bieber-friending, Ritz Carlton-squatting ways overindulgent, they would definitely find it too mainstream.
Think about it: there’s very little chance that hipsters would steal money from the nation’s coffers: Hipsters value truth, beauty and intelligence over money.
To them, money might as well be scratch paper you wrap tinapang bangus with.
Never in their lives would you see them riding a Mercedes Benz and shopping for Louis Vuittons in Greenbelt 5. (That would be so 2000s for their tastes.) They’d probably be clad in Toms as they ride their fixed-gear bikes to the Batasang Pambansa Complex.
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