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I happen to know a friend who’s very fond of ketchup. In fact, he’s so fond of the thing he hates eating it.

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Nah, just kidding. This friend of mine actually gets the creeps at the mere sight of ketchup. We’d make fun of him by putting ketchup in his lunch food so he won’t be able to eat it. To us, hating ketchup is absurd. Who doesn’t wanna eat ketchup anyway? Everyone eats ketchup.

Then there’s also my best friend, who doesn’t like mayonnaise. Whenever he eats food he asks if there’s mayonnaise on it. If there’s any indication of a remote pinch of mayonnaise on the food, he’d spit it out even if it’ll gross us all out.

One time, I decided to treat him to a footlong sandwich. Now those sandwiches don’t come cheap, so I was really happy for having to treat him (I’m a cheapskate, so it’s very rare that I get to treat someone). I thought he’d be happy as well, but then again, I forgot how he hated mayonnaise, so he refused to eat the darn thing because it had mayo splattered all over it. That’s how much he hates mayonnaise, he’d go to the point of hurting my feelings (haha not really).

So where am I going with this? I’ve learned one important lesson recently: that you can’t shove your own views up other people’s noses. Even if you think you believe in something that everybody else believes is right, if that person doesn’t want to believe it, you won’t get him to believe in it.

Recent conflicts and arguments have taught me this lesson the hard way. To some, it is worth fighting for what one believes in even if it meant forcing one’s beliefs into other people. But even if it’s a belief that’s widely and morally acceptable, it doesn’t mean that everyone is compelled to breathe it all in.

‘To each his own,’ says a famous line. We can’t compel people to side with us or believe what we believe in just because that is the view of the majority. What is common isn’t always right, and we risk being self-righteous if we continue to preach and preach and force people to believe what we preach.

And so no matter how much prodding I gave, these two friends of mine still won’t eat anything with ketchup or mayonnaise. That’s how firm they stood. Just because everyone eats ketchup or mayonnaise doesn’t mean they should too, right?

I hope, even in some tiny tinge of ketchup and mayonnaise, I have made sense.

Bow.


31 Responses to “Life Lesson #1: Blue Ketchup and Red Mayonnaise”
  1. Prudence says:

    That’s a fun and interesting way of putting it. Hehe. Some people can passionately defend something they firmly believe in that they forget that other people have the right to their own beliefs’ too. It’s fine that we try to make other people see why we believe in a certain belief. However, we just have to remember that they may not really see it that way we do, so we have to consider their rights and their own feelings as well.

    Yup, I know someone who hates ketchup, too. Specifically tomato ketchup.

  2. JM says:

    @Prudence I just don’t get how other people can’t respect people with differing or opposing views. They are so engrossed in their self-righteous bathtub they tend to forget the other eyes that see the world other than their own.

    Ketchup is goood. I looove ketchup. =)

  3. Lalon says:

    True indeed.

    Don’t impose.. rather, educate and explain.

    Here in our country, forced impositions will gain you enemies and will show how immature you are on not being sensitive of others’ beliefs.

  4. JM says:

    @Lalon Maturity! That’s the watchword. And respect as well.

    Thanks for dropping by! =)

  5. Jeff says:

    I dun eat no ketchup or mayo. everytime i go to wendys I have to argue with the girl on the counter to make me a new sandwich without both

  6. Dan Hellbound says:

    We can argue all day long, but at the end of it, our opinions will stay as opinions. Different people, different beliefs, different lifestyles, different opinions. We have to consider them, as well.

  7. JM says:

    @Jeff haha that’s interesting. You don’t eat anything with dressing or condiments at all?

    @Dan Hellbound apir! Imagine what the world would be like if we all look at it the same way. Hmmm, can’t even begin to imagine it. LOL.

  8. Jeff says:

    im a mustard guy. ceasar dressing is fine too.

  9. Jeff says:

    btw yeah i know ceasar dressing is mayo too, but for some reason i cant stand the taste of plain mayo. i used to feast on the stuff when i was a kid tho then i woke up one day abhorring mayo

  10. JM says:

    @Jeff haha did you have an epiphany and one day it dawned on you: “mayo is NOT love”? Haha. Yours is an interesting story to share. =P

    I don’t like mustard naman. Haha. I guess I’m a bit of a conventional Filipino. ;)

  11. keina says:

    my roommate and cousin both hate ketchup and mayonnaise. di ko pa rin maintindihan pero i’ve given up on convincing them to think otherwise.

  12. Exene says:

    I completely agree with you.

    This post reminded me of the time when I grab someone else’s hotdog and put mayonnaise all over it and he said that he hated mayonnaise. Gah…but I think he still ate it anyway.

  13. JM says:

    @keina haha there are some things we can’t really understand. But it doesn’t mean that because they don’t think the same as we do, we should force them to adapt to our world view, diba?

    @Exene hahaha mean! Pero buti naman pala kinain pa rin nya. =)

  14. yoshke says:

    waaaaaaah. i looooove this post. haha. very well said. lovet. e kasi nakaka-relate.

    Hindi ako kumakain ng beef. amoy pa lang nasusuka na ko. lalo na ang hamburgers. eeeeeeew. Tapos tawag saken ng mga friends ko “saksakan ng arte.” Pfffffffffffffft.

  15. andianka says:

    huh… friend lang? ako my very own brother mismo. the closest sakin to be exact. he doesn’t like both mayo and ketchup, and… Barbeque! my favorite food, yum yum ayaw nya! oh well… at least i get to tease him at talaga namang napipikon at halos di makakain pag dinidikitan ko ng mga yun ang plato nya or kung ano man kinakain nya. hahahha! i’m evil!!!!! LOLS!

    eway, mahirap talaga iinsist ang ibang bagay. we just have to learn to “agree to disagree” ika nga. kaya ako pag talagang hopeless, i just nod and keep it to myself. kesa super effort. respect ika nga. :D

  16. JM says:

    @yoshke we all have our food pet peeves. Ako naman I’ve never eaten alimango in my life ever. Hehe. Uuuuy, bat kaya nakakarelate? LOL. :D

    @andianka wuhoo “agree to disagree.” I like that. Parang narinig ko na sya before. LOL. :D

  17. Baklang AJ says:

    You did make sense. And yes, I agree, you can’t force people to believe in you or your opinions and principles. Somehow this post reminds me of something that transpired recently, if you know what I mean. Lol.

    I love ketchup, and gutom na ako.

  18. JM says:

    @Baklang AJ hahaha I think I know what you mean. Or do I…? Hmmmm… =P

  19. utakGAGO says:

    Dati sarap na sarap ako sa UFC Ketchup. Ngayon, I hate it. Sanay na ko sa tomato ketchup. Lol.

    :p Ba’t kaya sila nandidiri sa mayo? Sa bagay, parang kadiri yung itsura.

  20. Baklang AJ says:

    Hahahha. I think you do. buhay nga naman.

  21. JM says:

    @utakGAGO haha I like both. But I have to admit Del Monte Tomato Ketchup tastes better! Yum yum!

    @Baklang AJ I do? Oh dear… haha! =P

  22. Agent Grey says:

    I too prefer tomato ketchup over banana ketchup. I love Lady’s Choice Mayonnaise over Best Foods. But only Jufran Banana ketchup fits Max’s Fried Chicken plus the other condiments on their table, the worcestershire and hot sauce.

    Not all eat ketchup, not all eat mayo, but everyone loves porn… or is it just me?

  23. JM says:

    @Agent Grey haha nice one! I agree with Jufran being the best ketchup for Max’s chicken, although di ko pa naman na-try with other ketchup. I like UFC with my fried/scrambled egg but for anything else, especially for French Fries, Del Monte or Heinz ketchup is the best. =P

    Try ketchup on McDo’s Longganisa breakfast. Yumyum! =)

  24. Prudence says:

    “Not all eat ketchup, not all eat mayo, but everyone loves porn… or is it just me?”

    Yey to Agent_Grey! Hahaha

  25. JM says:

    @Prudence I don’t think that’s true for everyone. LOL.

  26. Dyab says:

    I don’t eat ketchup and mayo. And mustard and gravy and salad dressing and vinegar and patis and hot sauce. oha oha :P

  27. Dyan says:

    ^ aak! that’s supposed to be dyan :P

  28. JM says:

    @Dyan you don’t eat anything naman eh. Kaya ka hindi tumatangkad eh! Haha joke lang friend. =P

  29. Dyan says:

    mayabang ka. less is more. belat

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