Misunderstanding: Maling Akala

Misunderstanding: Maling Akala

Not
only the entire ability to think rests on language… but language is
also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself.
– Johann Georg Hamann

Last night, I got to know a couple of people and I am thankful that I met them. They’re a cool bunch.  Special thank you for a fantastic dinner to Ana, Eric, Mitch, Nico  and Nathalie.

I have not had a good laugh in a while because of a lot of things.  But last night, I was blessed to have the grace to meet a set of wonderful people. During
dinner, we really had a good laugh, thanks to Nathalie and the rest of the guys.  Nathalie, who used to be a radio showbiz anchor, is a registered nurse. She relates this story to us :

Back when she’s in college, her teacher asked her a question which she heard as: “Are you in drugs?” Raising her voice more than the normal tone with her chin up, arms on her hips Nathalie
promptly answered : “Of course not!

The teacher asked her to leave the classroom. She ‘s mad at her teacher. “How dare her teacher accused her that she’s into drugs!,” she murmured as she hurriedly took her things and left the classroom.

After the class, some of her classmates found her sulking outside. They approached her and asked her why she raised her voice and answered back their teacher. Still mad, she blurted out: ” How dare her accuse me of taking drugs! I am not a drug addict”.  Her classmates almost die laughing. It turned out, her teacher asked her this question: ” Nathalie, are you with us?” but she misunderstood and heard it as: ” Nathalie are you in drugs?” 

Ha ha ha! Nathalie you’re the bomb! Wooooot!

Misunderstanding is defined by Mr. Webster as a failure to understand something correctly. Human as we are, we are prone to misunderstood things. 

This reminds me of Brownman Revival’s song  entitled “Maling Akala”. The lyrics goes like this:

May mga kumakalat na balita

Na ang misis ni kuwan ay madaling makuha
Bago maniwala, mag-isip-isip ka muna
Marami ang namamatay sa maling akala
Nung ako’y musmos pa lamang ay takot sa multo
Nung ako’y naging binata, sa erpat ng syota ko
Ngayon ay may asawa, meron nang pamilya
Wala ngang multo ngunit takot sa asawa ko
[refrain]
Di mo na kailangan mag-alinlangan
Kung tama ang gagawin mo
Basta’t huwag kalimutang magdahan-dahan
Kung di sigurado sa kalalabasan
Kalalabasan ng binabalak mo
[chorus]
Maliit na butas lumalaki
Konting gusot, dumadami (gumagrabe)
Hindi mo ma-ibabaon sa limot at bahala
Kapag nabulag ka hah…
Ng maling akala
Nasaan na ba ako, kaninong kama ‘to?
Ilang ulit na bang nagigising sa ibang kwarto
Naglayas sa bahay, akala’y madali ang buhay
Ngayon ay nagsisisi dahil di nakapagtapos
[repeat refrain]
[repeat chorus]
May mga kumakalat na balita
Na ang kaligtasa’y madaling makuha
Bago maniwala mag-isip-isip ka muna
Marami ang namamatay ahh…
Sa maling akala
Sa maling akala… (Oh yeah) [repeat 4x]
[repeat chorus except last line]
Kapag nabulag ka, hah… ng maling akala.


Maliit na butas lumalaki, kunting gusot, bino blow out of proportion, very Pinoy indeed. Maybe you already heard about the term uzi ( usisero/ra). Aside from being uzi some pinoys are also sawsawero/ sawsawera, we have this habit of giving our opinion even when we don’t know the person involved or the true story behind the brouhaha. Yet again, we always end up giving our unsolicited opinion. Please don’t misunderstand me, there are a lot of pinoys also who don’t care and don’t meddle with someone else’s affair especially if it doesn’t concern them. They remain silent.

Some people give opinion and sing a different tune in front of everyone else. Maybe to safeguard his/her secret. They lambast other people privately and praise and like them publicly. Maybe they are not aware that what they do is gossip and slander.

Sabagay, we are all guilty of this, one degree or another. It has become a bad habit and an ongoing problem. Bakit nga ba napakahilig natin mang judge ng ibang tao? Hindi naman tayo judge, lol! Minsan ang iba pa nga pauupuin ka nga, masama naman pala ang loob. Sabagay may karma naman. Magpapasalamat na lang tayo sa lahat ng biyaya at awa na pinagkakaloob ni God sa atin. Sana matutunan natin umintindi kung saan talaga nanggagaling ang ibang tao at hindi tayo yung husga na lang ng husga. At sana wala ng sinungaling sa mundo. Sa mga inaapi at hinuhusgahan huwag ninyong gagayahin ang Rodela case. Idemanda na lang ninyo yun mga mischief maker na yan. Huwag ninyong ilalagay sa sarili ninyong kamay ang pagkastigo sa mga may maling akala.

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