“Edi ikaw na yung matalino!”
“Ang dami mong alam”
“Edi ikaw na yung magaling sa grammar!”
“Ikaw na top 1”
This phenomenon is called 'Smart-shaming' or 'Anti-intellectualism'.
Ano nga ba ito? Smart-shaming is the act of shaming other people for the sole reason of being smart, or in some cases downgrading themselves or someone else for being dumb. This phenomenon is slowly spreading and will continue to spread unless stopped. Marami sa atin ang walang kamalay malay na ginagawa na pala natin ito.
Bakit ba natin to ginagawa? Why do we Smart-shame people?
Why do we say “Ikaw na yung madaming alam!” when someone shares an idea or a thought that is deep and discussable? Hindi ba pwedeng makisali nalang sa usapan upang may matutunan? Hindi ba pwedeng magbigay na rin nang ideya upang mas umunlad?
Bakit natin sinasabing “English-english pa”/“Edi ikaw na yung magaling sa English” when someone speaks or writes in the English language? English is taught to us on all levels of education– from elementary to college– so why do we hinder other people on using it? Why do we downgrade ourselves or put that person to shame when they speak it? Hindi ba pwedeng sabihin nalang na mag-tagalog yung kausap para mas maintindihan? Hindi ba pwedeng pag-aralan ang linggwahe upang mas maging magaling dito?
We don’t need to put other people to shame because of this. Neither do we need to downgrade ourselves because they are way smarter than us.
Most people would say that smart-shaming is just:
“Totoo naman eh”
“Joke lang bes”
But even though it is, anti-intellectualism has negative effects. Ano ang epekto nito??
1. It discourages people to strive to be smarter.
-Kung ang ibig-sabihin nang pagiging matalino ay mapapahiya ka, then why would some people want to be smart? Madaming tao ang natatakot na ipakita na sila ay matalino dahil dito. Instead of actively participating in activities that would show their intelligence they would rather not. Hindi natin alam, but the next person that can bring us a great future might be hiding. Afraid of being put to shame.
2. It hinders people from expressing themselves freely.
-Because some of us that are intellectually competent are being put to shame, natatakot silang maging malaya na ipakita na ganito sila kagaling. They are afraid to show the world that this is who they are. That they can do something. That they can be better than they already are.
3. It makes us think that we are not smart enough.
-Dahil matalino lang yung kaibigan mo, bobo ka na agad? No. Every single one of us–ikaw, ako, tayo!– We are all intelligent. Downgrading yourself just because someone else is smarter than you is wrong. Believe in yourself. Boost that self confidence of yours!
Smart-shaming is spreading, and it is affecting the youth of today. Intelligence is a gift, not a curse. Let us not treat it like one. Think before you speak, akala mo ok lang pinagsasabi mo tapos nasaktan na pala yung kausap mo. Let’s stop dishonoring the bright and the brilliant and let them shine as they were meant to. Let’s stop downgrading ourselves for not being smart enough, just study hard and you’ll reach that point. It’s better to know-it-all, than to know nothing at all.
This will get us nowhere. It just dragging one person down and it occurs over and over again. Especially on the virtual world where everyone could express their own opinions. Let us respect intelligence and let intelligence bloom in each of us!
Edit: The victims of smart-shaming are not intellectually competent people only. Every "Ang bobo mo naman", "Balik ka grade 1", "HA! WRONG GRAMMAR BOBO U!" are smart-shaming through downgrading other people. Anyone could be the victim, and thus, anyone could be the shamer.
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