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Meet the Countryside
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
JOHN Lennon wrote the song “Imagine” in the ‘70s. ”Imagine there are no countries” and, true enough, it’s unravelling after 30 years. Next year, there will be borderless ASEAN, which most Filipinos are unaware. And, that’s only the start.
Even among our professionals, they are uninformed of the significance requisite Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) in a world of free trade and services. If you are one of them, don’t be surprised of what comes out of the MRA as the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) will do the job and craft its own by next year.
“Imagine there’s no heaven and no religion, too!” It is happening in the first world, but not in this country. You’ve seen the traffic snarl and chaos in Metro Manila by Iglesia’s show of force predicated as medical mission. Imagine no classes for a mere medical mission? Many are wondering what’s next.
“Imagine no possessions” no need for greed or hunger.” Imagine, if people live as we were created, naked, we would have saved the world some US$1,000 billion. Conversely, the world would have been richer by US$1,000 Billion. No poverty. Yes, if we were designed to be clothed, we would have fur and other hairs all over our body at birth for the various clothing functions.
But, here we are, Filipinos, or rather our leaders, living in contradiction to what is innate and the natural. Where is our traditional shared humanity? They have come to allow our countrymen live so closely with nature, living in flood and landslide prone areas. And, yes, it looks like we only have animal welfare laws.
Where is our right attitude toward authority? They now have a brotherhood of man, sharing the spoils of Bureau of Customs (BOC) and priority development assistance fund (PDAF), etc. And, worst, they have blatantly defied the good and noble in man. No more ethical sense of propriety.
Think about it? Who really cares without getting paid? Who shares or lends a helping hand, if not for the money? No one values a simple appreciation or recognition in doing a good job anymore. Does anybody still pursue excellence for the fun of it?
Imagine Prof. Jean-Denis Rouillon claiming the bra as a false need. That bra does little to reduce back pain and, over time, they can actually make breasts sag even more in her 15-year French study (www.stripperweb.com). If you can imagine that and do something about it, there is still a big chance for Filipino values: returning favours, the ability to adapt and courage and rising up amid uncertainties and challenges.
Try imagining there are those who grow in a community living in the concept of a gentleman’s behavior, amateurism, altruism and sharing knowledge. It isn’t hard to do.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 16, 2013.