Bahala Na!

Bahala Na! is a Tagalog expression that perfectly encapsulates the typical Filipino attitude towards life.

The oft-used phrase Bahala Na can be translated into English as: Come what may. What happens will happen.

Scholars tend to label it as a form of fatalism.

For Filipinos, this prevailing sentiment also gives rise to a work ethic that is along the lines of: “As long as something is good enough and will likely pass muster, there’s no extra effort required.”

“Whatever… We’re happy… Everything’s ok… The house is not on fire… God will help us… No problem… Nothing to worry about… Good enough is good enough… Why waste energy and expend extra effort to make it 100% perfect if there’s already an 50% chance that it will do? Law of diminishing returns, buddy.”


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