The crab mentality that Filipinos like to throw around (and misuse) manifests itself worst in the rare times when a Filipino does have a never-before seen or done idea. His/her fellow Filipinos complain about how “walang pakikisama” that person is. They label him/her “ambisyoso“, and insist that his/her idea is not going to work, ah basta! They make him/her feel bad about how they perceived that he/she makes them look bad. They make him/her utterly self-conscious about how “mapapahiya siya” if it fails. They will spread vile, and most likely untrue, rumors about him/her. They will use all their connections to make sure that the funding and support needed for that someone’s idea get shot down before they even start. All because of some silly notion of equality enshrined in that “pakikisama” bullshit, what appears to be envy “inggit“, and some perceived sense of “napahiya ako“.
Of course, this is different from analyzing and criticizing an idea based on its merits. Unfortunately, because Filipinos take criticism personally, and are unappreciative of critical analysis, crab mentality and criticism are often confused for each other here.
I’ve harbored a thought for a long time that the type of equality/equity that Filipinos want/espouse is not equal opportunity, or equal prosperity, nor is it equal betterment for the community at large. It is, in actuality, equal misery.