The year that was... 2011 – 2012-A A +A
By Evelyn Lleva
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
AND so goes the popular tune “I’m leaving yesterday behind… let the memories fade away and dream about today” but let’s not just dream, let us work all together to make it happen.
The past year was not so fulfilling in terms of unforeseen events. Day by day, we were all witnesses to problems caused by poverty. As in the past years, unemployment, malnutrition, crimes, graft and corruption were all off shoots to poverty.
Misunderstandings in the government made progress even slower. That is why people have lost their trust and faith in the government. We all long for changes but these things do not seem to happen. We long for changes in our bigger circle of society but we fail to establish the change within ourselves. This is a must; otherwise all our hopes for this coming year would go down to the dogs.
What kind of communities do you belong to? Is it a community which has a continuous goal for improvement or is it a passive community? A majority of communities now are combinations of active and passive forms.
There are people who are not always satisfied with any member, let alone all members of our present administrations. They always look for ways to criticize and find fault in our government. Instead of well-deserved praises that would contribute to our progress, these people become a nuisance to our community. Let us not be hypocritical. Many of us, or at least some of us dislike the imperialists and the Americans but in reality we support them. We buy their products, watch their movies, follow their life style and sometimes even act as if we are one of them. Why don’t we just face the fact that they are a big help to us. While they even give assistance to improve our country we still detest them. We are not changing our way of thinking but we want change. We want Transformation but we are not transforming. There is no action, no cooperation or whatsoever to couple that change we want.
The phrase “Crab mentality” is very common to us. If we keep pulling people down whenever we see them advance or prosper, we are going to stay right where we are. Untransformed, unchanged. It is so sad that today, there is war before peace, and conflict before compromise. By going to war we waste a lot of time, and lots of innocent civilians are killed, all because of irrational reasoning. Attitude is the main thing concerned because it all starts there. We want to improve everything but we don’t improve ourselves, we do not have discipline and we do not cooperate. How disappointing, but today and this year as it comes to an end we must join in the mission of transformation in building better communities.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on October 10, 2012.