Hope, change and real freedom(Part 1 of 2)-A A +A
By Dr. Bob Ocio
Isyo ug Servicio
Sunday, September 15, 2013
WE HAVE been confronted by a recurring question? Is there really hope for our country? Will these crooks ever go to prison?
My answer is yes, there is hope for our country. I am tempted to think that perhaps, the prison we are talking about is simply an act of justice to keep an end to punish and to feel good about it. Perhaps, we wanted to win elections, and so by all means we wanted a change in leadership but in a hurry to win, we choose the winnable, the more moneyed or the lesser evil.
Yet, true leadership rests in the character, conviction and vision of men. The question is: “Do we really build up our choices?” Where nobody invests in making a paradigm shift in our attitude toward putting value into character rather than our limited options, our goals are stunted because they would have been often muddled with the traps of money and political patronage.
There is the greater imprisonment in our hearts even as we acceded to the devil’s challenge that we need to hang the bad first or we are already the losers. There is a greater imprisonment in our hearts too in our refusal to invest in character and of the more important things of value. There is a greater imprisonment in our refusal to cast away the chain of subservience and slavery by our refusal to engage with and to challenge established norms and behaviour, which the present bureaucracy offers.
For how do we cast away that chain from our slavery as a nation to such names as the present corrupt leadership if we have no names and identity to represent our interests and if we rely on the people who are more of the same? Change is not going to happen if we put ourselves in the sidelines and if we refuse to take responsibility. Change will not happen if we cannot cast our investment in the character of men who can make that change. That change is built in us and therefore begins with us. There is a need to believe, to hope, to be involved and to sacrifice for it.
The greater challenge therefore is to choose to lay down our personal convenience first and "have a little act of faith to move mountains."
There is freedom that the devil cannot win and it starts with the heart and the mind. For resisting the devil is freedom by itself for even as we suffer, there is a greater reward for those who declare that freedom is there, even in the midst of atrocity and oppression. It is our refusal to be enslaved by our own imprisonment even if it hurts that will set us free.
TO BE CONTINUED...
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 15, 2013.