Little faceless heroines and heroes in our midst-A A +A
Bahin sang Bubay
Sunday, August 25, 2013
NOBODY wants to be a hero six feet under the ground, like many among our predecessors who braved the unspeakable and the impossible. But having to reckon with a declared non-working holiday to supposedly recall the sacrifices and mettle of our long lost (and forgotten) National Heroes, we could not but wish that in our everyday struggles, we can find heroines or heroes whom we can look up to and find the inspiration to move on despite the hassle and bustle of our every day struggle to stay alive.
What I mean is that, while schools would like their students to emulate the good deeds of some heroes in our past, so much is wanting in ‘efforts’ to highlight these among the youth. The sad thing is that with the way the hi-tech gadgets occupy the attention of the youth, with all the games and the social media network at their finger tips, with their modern day anime characters as their ‘heroes’ and heroines, can we still expect them to think about what it means to ‘give life so that others may live?’
Sometime ago when I was tasked to handle a subject on Dr. Jose Rizal, some of the students were surprised to know so many interesting facts about our national hero’s life and work. They admitted that they have already taken up this subject in High School but it was only when we discussed it in detail that it became meaningful to them. They were surprised, for instance, to learn that Dr. Jose Rizal admired the women of Malolos for demanding from Spanish authorities their right to be educated.
Or that some of Jose Rizal’s mentors in his younger days have conspired against him when he was forced on exile, by convincing him to betray the confidence of the revolutionaries and do otherwise.
Nevertheless, students do not have an inkling at all that there were a lot of heroines during that time, and we can understand that. Given the kind of educational materials dished out on our basic educational system, which for most part highlight the perpetrators’ good deeds over and above learning hard lessons from their betrayal and deceit, one can understand how Filipinos have been ‘mis-educated’ for centuries.
Some among the youth though have learned practical lessons about poverty and survival by being heroes/heroines to their families themselves. These little heroines/heroes toil for most of the days in their lives, living each day with the hope that one day the sun will shine on them and their efforts.
Indeed some of the youth of today are not even conscious that for some reasons, they have become an icon that their peers have anchored on their hopes. There are many of them who painstakingly went about their task with a clear goal to reach and to achieve.
There may be a few of them who are out there, trying to make sense of this wretched world we are living in, but the sure thing is that they are leading the way, albeit perhaps slowly but surely...
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 26, 2013.