It is a widespread belief […] that crying is therapeutic and […] failure to cry is a danger to our health, Emotional Processing[dot]Org notes.
Men don’t cry. But Rodolfo Noel “Jun” Lozada Jr, and Erwin Santos did on national TV.
Inquirer reports, Wet ones: ‘Crying’ witness on gov’t TV accuses Lozada. It details the motives of Erwin Santos to come out teary-eyed.
Santos couldn’t stop shedding tears not because he finally revealed “the truth” but because he’s always been a reluctant TV star [and] …because he has not received the talent fee he was promised if he appeared on the show, The Professional Heckler observes.
Lozada is the Senate star witness on the ongoing investigation of the alleged anomalous National Broadband Network (NBN) deal. Erwin Santos is a program development officer at the state-owned Philippine Forest Corporation. Both men decided to come out to reveal the truth.
It seems the teary-eyed Lozada persuaded many that he is telling the truth. Will another teary-eyed man, Erwin Santos, gets public sympathy? Public sympathy is important as it translates trust and defines credibility (as perceived by many).
Men seldom cry even to their closest friends. It seems an ordeal to Lozada and Santos to face, teary-eyed, to lights and camera. Unless of course both of them are acting or overreacting. But because both holds dignified positions in the government, it is unlikely for them to act for the sake of publicity. They have stories to tell.
Rebelmind asks, Who says there’s no drama in Philippine politics? Indeed, our nation’s political scenes are getting too dramatic.
We hope that crying whistle-blowers bring common good. Is crying good for us?
There are three kinds of tears distinguished (from a biological perspective) according to Emotional Processing [dot] Org:
- basal tears – continuous and lubricate our eyes;
- reflex or infant tears occur when we chop onions or receive a blow to the eye;
- emotional tears are psychologically caused.
Whistle-blowers like Lozada and Santos cannot be blamed for being too emotional. After all, it is not easy to come out to the scrutinizing eyes of the public.
Can we call their tears as political tears?