“But sir, no one worries about upsetting a droid.”
“That’s ’cause droids don’t pull people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose. Wookies are known to do that.”
“I see your point, sir. I suggest a new strategy, Artoo. Let the Wookie win.”
— Han and Threepio in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
In their intergalactic travel, Chewbaca and R2D2 were playing some sort of a hologram chess game. R2D2, being the droid, beat Chewbaca everytime and he’s getting frustrated already. Han Solo starts with the suggestion above.
Why did I quote this Star Wars dialogue?
It reminds me of what is going on right now. It seems like the administration and its attack dogs are playing R2D2, using smarts to win their political survival. The Filipino people are getting frustrated already with all these “mind games” or these ” jedi mind tricks.” It may just come a point where our Chewbacas will pull out people’s arms out of their sockets when they lose this game. Especially when it’s their very survival that is at stake.
I think the Filipino people can only tolerate intellectual competition to a certain extent. Just observe how we Filipinos react to losing an argument. Just look at how some people would flip a chess/checker board in our local barbershop when on the verge of losing.
So it is in this political game. People can only stand being “outsmarted” by people who use too much legalities and technicalities to a certain extent. Let us not wait until the Filipino people breach that threshold.
So I suggest a new strategy Artoo…Let the wookie win!
(A thousand pardons for using a Star Wars analogy.)