Intimidation, Insecurity, and Envy


By Apolinario Villalobos



Life could be complicated for those who just want to live simply and work hard and honestly, because of people around them, who, they unknowingly intimidate, hence, become incredibly insecure and finally become unbelievably envious. Many people would just be surprised why all of a sudden they have “enemies”.  This is an ordinary occurrence in job sites where the honest and sincere performance of an employee can intimidate his lethargic colleagues.


Bloggers, too, are not safe from the envious viewers whose bloated ego made them believe that they are the best and cannot take the success of low-profile, though, serious internet users who just want to share their ideas with others. They are the bashers and the trolls who make fun of the well-intent bloggers. These bad guys enjoy in spoiling the day of unsuspecting bloggers with their uncalled for comments which, as viewed from all angles are not related to the blogged issue. These spoilers do not even know the bloggers personally and worse, the former may not even be capable of articulating extensively what they have in mind, otherwise, they should not be commenting only, or copy/paste materials taken from other sites, and which they tag with either favorable or unsavory remarks, then post on their facebook.


The cradle of learning, the school, is not spared by this “phenomenon”. Many stories have surfaced in the internet about bullying which is a clear indication of insecurity masked by “superiority complex” on the part of the perpetrator. Victims are students with strong personality due to their intelligence or good looks.


The family is not spared by insecurity felt among siblings. And, most often, the parents are to be blamed due to their favoritism that makes the non-favorites among the brood, feel unloved. Rebellious manifestations in the acts of the “neglected” siblings follow. Ironically, parents wonder why they have a “black sheep” in the family.


Finally, many hardworking and serious employees resign from their job because their commendable performance has intimidated envious colleagues who resorted to doing all possible to pull them down. Specifically, on the national level of politics, many envious and ambitious  officials have been intimidated by Rodrigo Duterte. As he is not corrupt, they could not put him down using this issue, so they focused on his personality – brash, cussing probinsiyano, not-good looking, etc. But there is an adage that says, “you cannot put a good man, down”. It is happening to Duterte, and I personally hope, that his persistence to do good can see him through his six-year term…as long as he does not listen to the whispers of what he says is from “God” that tells him to stop his cussing….(joke only!)