The scrooge of Cagayan de Oro

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By Giano M. Libot

I have issues

Saturday, March 1, 2014


WE DON'T espouse conformity for the sake of unity; unity for unity’s sake is a virtue I often dismiss as blind and irrational. However there does come a point where being just a critique is as unreasonable as well, this is reflected best on the reception of some of the public to the Oro Traffic Management, and the changes being slowly implemented in our city.

But let’s be clear here, this isn’t their entire fault. Part of this has something to do with conditioning, of how things have been so far, and how many have been led along that hopeful road only to be frustrated and disappointed. I

It is true, the Hapsay road most of us all once welcomed with joyous salvation has encountered rough patches, and dare I say when I say rough patches, these are rough potholed roads reminiscent of some of the city streets in Cagayan de Oro.

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But such attitude turns its ugly head when honest efforts are all put down with excessive negativity, we all need to understand that programs have an effect not just to the material, but even to its advocacy, so when you spread negativity you invite negativity, and you don’t allow honest dialogue or even an opportunity to open up to potential contribution. How can you help out? How can you improve it? Can you share in the advocacy to make it a traffic free zone?

We like the critic, contrary to popular belief it is not easy to be in a critics shoe, there is so much emotional investment in breaking down how a system is flawed, but when the critic turns into a scrooge, we get problems not because we can’t move on and be productive, but because we have to leave some stones unmoved. When you say change, all they ever say is “not.”

It’s beginning to grow a culture of faddish behaviors, ningas-cogon rapud na (short term). It takes a little bit more confidence to entrust that things can go right, and yes this is the kind of trust that has to be earned, but when all we ever welcome are hopes of futility, then the exercise to change becomes hopeless.

They say these critics are part of the building blocks of society, that if the optimist is the builder, the critics push them to move, but when all we ever get out of advocacies isn’t an urge for movement, but a retaining of the current situation, what point is there to critique?

Can we ever achieve a traffic free zone? A lot seems to be undertaken to make this happen. But the bottom line is that it’s not impossible, it is definitely a difficult challenge.

But the answer to this question is YES WE CAN.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 02, 2014.

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