It is that most wonderful time of the decade again when the divisiveness of current events and electoral activity wreak havoc on relationships. The fray is so remarkable in that it is not only friends and family who are torn asunder by differing political opinions, but sometimes even strangers who previously would have had no reason to interact in the first place. In the dating scene, this means that the pool of relationship prospects is dwindling — and more so for people who are especially vocal about their political affiliations.
Dating requires time, and money, and heaps and heaps of patience. The toll is doubled with the discovery that the person you have been seeing is on your direct opposite on the political spectrum. Imagine championing for human rights, only to find that the Bumble date you liked so much is an advocate on the War Against Drugs (or vice versa).
The whole matter reeks of disaster, but thankfully there are people like Audrey Domasian on Twitter, who have taken it upon themselves to make the dating process less gruesome and disappointing for Filipinos. An idea she proposed in a tweet last February 23 (9 days after Valentine’s Day; coincidence?) is nothing short of genius. It necessitates the thorough screening of relationship prospects before there is a chance for deeper emotional investment by either party.
Like panning for gold, one sifts through potential matches for specific desired characteristics. Dating Filipinos in this day and age has never been easier, or more systematic. The 3-page form is 99.9% idiotproof, and is available in its entirety in PDF format here.
If one wishes to bypass the dating and screening processes entirely and merely pan for platonic relationships that are worth keeping, the Wilson-Patterson Attitude Inventory designed in 1975 is a measure of a person’s conservative tendencies and is a recommended alternative.