Issue of June 23, 2019
Mt. Province

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An attempt to identify Ngoli-Ngoli

THE TERM NGOLI-NGOLI can be used to designate a person, as in: “He is Ngoli-Ngoli..”; an act or idea: Ngoli-ngoli ma itan (“that would be ~”); a perceivable present situation, like: Ngoli-ngoli kari iman ja amangka pasamak! (Ngoli-ngoli is that what’s happening!).

THE PERSON WHO does it is labeled the term; the act, idea, or situation is qualifiedly described the term, so what is Ngoli-ngoli, per se? Let’s offer you some nearest ‘alternates’, is it:

A CULTURAL PRINCIPLE – followed or applied by some groups of individuals – or an aggregate of them, in a given context? Or, is it:

AN AVAILABLE TRADITIONAL Practice – taken or adopted when needed.. but discarded when its utility diminishes? Or, is it:

A VILLAGE PHILOSOPHY which, in fact, many individuals feel optioned to live by? And so forth.

WHEN BESET BY a term or terminology (they aren’t the same, are they?) that is difficult to define, identity it first: what it is not – according to my Undergrad years professor: Prof. Dr. and Judge R.C. Corpuz.

SO, LET’S TRY this approach on our present terminology – Ngoli-ngoli, to wit:

IT IS NOT “equals by interpretation”, or, ≠ int (and itemized as follows):

1) Nankakamot (topsy-turvy); nor 2) egma eva evatan (incomprehensible – especially the which-es? and the whys? of it); nor 3)ehman inowap (easily changes – poles, polars, colours, etc.); nor 4) pengebbak, pansikheran e mepengdo, asan e bidbidbid (winning and self well-being are paramount; reparations and re-formats only follow); nor 5) sai man pahno an to, si-kato (the Results are what will be – not withstandingly). And

NGOLI-NGOLI IS NOT ≠ int two nor three of these but rather: most – or all (!) of the above; or even more!

[SCHOOLED BY THE Western Mind like you and I have been, the onlooker could immediately ‘perceive’ then exclaim: “but that’s.. what we may call Absurdity! – with ‘shades’ of course of: Pragmatism, Centrism, even.. Existentialism! But is this correct?

[MAYBE SO. BUT let’s stay more on context. Let’s look at the individual(s) identified as ‘practitioners’ of Ngoli-ngoli; or processing some ‘character traits’ of Ngoli-ngoli]. These are some ‘basic tenets’ they adhere to foremosts and to wit:

1) STAY ALWAYS WITH the Upperhand or Winning band; no matter who she or he is, or who they are; or who are they pitted against. What’s important is: you win with them.

2) IF NOT SURE, stay ‘neutral’ for the time being; wait.. until you’re finally sure and decided which side to take.

3) REJECT ‘UNNECCESSARY’ HARMONY with your co-domiciles on certain major issues or decisions.. and when needed, not even with your faraway, proximate, or close kin. Your reason is: their ‘collective’ pressures should not swallow-up your present Stance(s) or Position(s).

4) IF UNHERALDED IN your own ‘turf of Birth’, Rise as an opposition advocate. You’ll see, people will always take note of what you say – or your point(s) of view.

5) WITH YOU AND your family (immediate members) ahead or doing fine, proceed with your approaches or ‘styles’ of dealings.

6) STAY FOCUSED ON your Ngoli-ngoli ways. Be happy and always pursue its ever-changing (hermeneutic) cycles – without let-up!

[N.B. THERE MAY be more ‘Tennets’ obtaining to be explored, but let’s peer closer now at the ‘givens’]. The problem

REALLY, FOR NGOLI-NGOLI is: nobody, no one, wants to be called that – even if he/she is a high-percent that. One time, when you are ‘confused’ somewhat with someone, try teasing:

NGOLI-NGOLI KA NEM! (Transl. “Why you’re a Ngoli-ngoli, d’you know?). And you get the scolding of your life. The least ‘kindness’ you can expect to hear is maybe a: “Don’t say that again.. I’m not that!”

“BUT WHY IS it discussed here – if it is a no-good joke terminology then? “You may ask. Our reason plain is:

AMIDST US DE JURE, we claim to be devoid – or at least spared, of the Ngoli-ngoli influence or ‘affliction’, but

DE FACTO – OR ‘in fact’, many are e.g. inconsistent, over-aggressive, suddenly changing, self=over-others, etcetera – other synonyms of Ngoli-ngoli, in the Adjective usage.

BUT DESPITE ALL negative un-praises, they may heap on those who have Ngoli-ngoli symptoms, if we appraise Ngoli-ngoli as a vein of the ‘undisclosed Truths’ toward the SUMMUM BONUM THAT is: ‘the greatest good’(?), we see it in the persons of: our winning co-citizens, our esteemed Contemporary leaders – civic or otherwise, even our independent, accomplished, and self-directed colleagues and Kailianes. Ergo, Long-live and Mabuhay our Ngoli-ngoli ways! Ahem, ahem.

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