MANILA, Philippines – In a study conducted by Gallup which surveyed over 140 countries comparing how they feel about their lives, the Philippines ranked 151st in the least emotional rankings, in effect making us the most emotional people in the world.
The survey asked questions that reveal emotions — anger, worry, enjoyment. Respondents were also asked to evaluate their lives on a scale of zero to 10 and say whether they feel life would be better or worse in 5 years.
Is this a bad thing? Based on the comments on the Bloomberg Businessweek article, Filipinos seem to be divided on the issue themselves. Some see this as a good thing, saying this shows our ability to fully understand fear, anger, and happiness. Others however think that this is to blame for our celebrity obsessed culture.
One of the commenters, Grego Abaya Raymundo III replied with “And now we know why the Philippines produce more ‘celebrities’ than scientists, philosophers, and academicians.”
Lyn Encarnacion believes otherwise. Being the most emotional country means that the Philippines is very diverse when it comes to emotion, she said. It also shows Filipinos value life, she wrote.
Antonio Miguel Bartolome responded: “At the same time, we Filipinos blow up for the most paltry of reasons, and don’t make use of that thing called a brain before realizing that something we feel is offensive is just a relaxed comment. Just look at all the comedians who make innocent remarks, and we use those remarks as de facto declarations of war. We need balance between reason and emotion.”
What do you think? Is this a bad thing or a good thing? Let us know in the comments below or better yet, vote on our Mood Meter. – Rappler.com