Our word for the day is ‘Kafkaesque’. Meriam-Webster defines this adjective as “having a nightmarishly complex, bizarre or illogical quality”. And still according to Meriam-Webster, this word is “often applied to bizarre and impersonal administrative situations where the individual feels powerless to understand or control what is happening”.
The feeling of being Kafkaesque is what I believe is what majority of the Filipinos are at in the present time. This is most specifically exact with regards to the socio-political environment of the Philippines now that Rodrigo “The Punisher” Duterte, the president-elect, is about to head the country. The Pinoy populace has gone Kafkaesque despite the fact that the incoming head of state has:
- cursed and condemned the United Nations during his most recent press conference
- called the Pope a son of a whore during its 2015 visit in the country
- ridiculed Mexicans in front of the Mexican Ambassador
- uttered misogynistic comments and called himself a womanizer
- talked about his libido and sexual prowess during his campaign trails
- pronounced that he could not live without Viagra
- admitted to have permitted vigilante justice
- joked about wanting to be the first to rape a brutally murdered Australian missionary
- threatens to abolish the Congress if it plans to impeach him
- voiced out that he is to pardon himself to mass murders
- admitted his involvement with death squads
- catcalled on a respectable lady journalist during a press conference
- so used to using the Filipino-Tagalog term for “son of a bitch” as if it is one conventional and tolerable expression
I don’t want to analyze and justify why he won the country’s presidential election and continues to be so loved and be so popular in this country despite all those atrocious and despicable rhetoric. And I know that my not trying to analyze and justify does not make things better. Maybe it is because like the majority of the Filipinos, I myself has gone Kafkaesque.
Mind you, the use of the word Kafkaesque is not the first time in this blog. I have utilized this word in one of my blog posts some three and a half years ago. Click this LINK (kafkaesque) to find out…
But seriously – as if the enumerated speechifying by Duterte are nothing but light, easy and cheery – the reason why I chose the word Kafkaesque is because of a recent video posted by New York Magazine in its Facebook page.
Watch this and be amazed by this stunning piece of art which commemorates Franz Kafka, the dude whose surname was the origin of the word of the day…
Parang pang sosyal naman yang word na yan!