Subconscious colonial mentality?
To give a brief background, my previous post (a grabbed post actually) is about the top ten list of Pinoy Literature recommended in a Yahoo! article. I commented about the article about myself being guilty of not being able to support our own literature here in the country. And now going back to the topic of this post, is my preference for foreign literature a subconscious colonial mentality?
Colonial Mentality (CM)
Colonial mentality is the thinking that foreign talents and products are always the good, the better, and the best, and that the local ones are of poor or no quality at all.
Do I think that foreign literature are always the good, the better, and the best? Yes, they are good but not all the time. Do I think that the local literature are of poor or no quality at all? A big NO. They are sometimes poor but not all the time. Some of them are really good. And to tell that they have no quality at all is false. But how do you define quality? I won’t dwell on that since Robert Pirsig defined quality beautifully in his book Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (a foreign novel, an evidence).
But honestly, I think CM is the effect and not the cause of my preference for foreign literature.
(To be continued)