As the film “War is a Tender Thing” shows, wars are not always violent clashes of arms and weapons. War can be interpreted as any type of societal struggles or conflicts. These societal problems are common to every country all over the world; some perhaps more pronounced than others. Examples of these types of conflicts are racial discrimination, religious conflicts, caste discriminations, etc.
Here in Metro Manila, our main problems are political conflicts and moral / ethical problems. Why do we impute this? Political conflicts are often than not, generated via efforts of the high authorities of the land, obviously the government. Their problems are oftentimes generated from their ethical problems of the individual’s character; whose problems, in turn, could be influenced by education (or lack of it), culture (or lack of it), and/or religion (or probably a lack of it too).
Basically, the problems and conflicts in Mindanao, as shown in the film, are the same problems and conflicts in Metro Manila. They just seem more pronounced merely because of the existence of the additional problem that is the religious conflict there.
According to this film “War is a Tender Thing,” the major and relevant societal conflicts are not necessarily due to religious conflicts anymore. The more pressing problem is found to be the corrupt (or inefficient) government. Conventional pre-perception before experiencing this film and post film realization that final reality and truth about the problems presented are contrasted for all individuals now.
The thing about wars is that they can be won, or lost. Both outcomes have the risk of casualties and pain. It is just up to the leaders and generals to strategize or figure out a way to each reach their own side’s goals successfully, with the simultaneous hope and efforts to frustrate the other side’s goals, either pro-actively or passively.
– by Reyes, Justine Noelle 2013 – 13272