Heal our people, heal our country-A A +A
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
THE dilemma of an almost helpless feeling about what is happening in the Philippines led me to write this treatise.
We became self sufficient, complacent or at times we took so many of our activities for granted, a given and we cannot do anything about it. Now there are so many aspects of our lives as a people and as a nation that have gone haywire. Now we are in a maze of challenges, not knowing our way out. Here we are, a people in conflict, a nation divided within itself.
In this millennium, we are a people in conflict with our own countrymen -- the Christians against the Muslims in the South, the rich against the poor all over the country, the leftists and dissidents, the terrorists against the law-abiding citizens, the criminals against the righteous citizens, the corrupt citizens against the honest and just civil society, the youth and family in dysfunctional filial relationships.
Now we hear about the mother of all corruptions with the Pork Barrel scam news, the latest Zamboanga skirmishes between the MNLF-Misuari faction and the Philippine military units of the legitimate government. We are all distracted by so many concerns and the long sought peace for the nation is in peril.
Heal our people; hear our country. Let us see the light open our eyes, let us hear the truth unplug our ears. Let us have the firm resolve to have the revival and strengthening of our moral values, our integrity, justice, and righteousness. We do not need an army to do this Start with one's self.
Do it. No other person can do it for you. Next let us trace the beginning of this unnerving reality. They say that the Filipino is what he is today because of so many influences, which he imbibed from the start of our history as a people. It is a long, long trail back in time but we have to do this.
Why are Filpinos' psyche, far from being ideal as mentioned above, evident in our way of life. Some would say "wala tayong magagawa; ganyang na ang kinagisnan."
Take the Spanish times, our earliest conquerors in recorded history. We lost our self-esteem when the Spaniards treated us as inferior to them. We entered compromises with these domineering people, trying to adjust to this resulted to this anomaly -- subservience.
In modern lingo this is called patronage politics.
Then the Americans invaded our country. We were introduced to the western system of government, our educational scheme, our commerce and trade, our way of life and filial relationships at home; our norms of conduct in civic society. Executive, legislative, and judicial are the leading governing agencies of the government. The military and national defense department came into existence. We imbibed all these good innovations which are democratic and people-centered.
But as a consequence we also became negatively affected by this system. This still prevails till now. Most evident is the patronage politics of the ruling parties divided into the dominant party and the opposition party. The ideal politics clean and just exist as a tool for a wise check and balance procedure where the benefit of the great majority rules over the biased decision of partisan party. Remember your loyalty to a party ends where the loyalty for all Filipinos begin. The true identity of the Filipino is hard to determine because of the many influences of our conquerors which became imbedded in our psyche.
This is the reason why the total renewal in our society is an extreme challenge and we have to do it now. This country is not a God forsaken place where we cannot find good, exemplary persons in our milieu. It takes a few of them to effect a change. We fail when these people do not heed the call.
The coming elections are our next chance to make a successful revival. Let us have a united effort to boot out all corrupt government officials. We know them. Let us shake the old system -- inside out, top to bottom. Not the same names and faces clinging to their megalomaniac dream should be reelected. Let us try our best to find potential ideal exemplary leaders. Debunk the belief that in this country no candidate will win if he has no money and no solid party funds to move heaven, buy votes or even kill.
Form groups of non partisan ideal voters to campaign for these new candidates. I am calling all the youth to participate here. Move around your own neighborhood. Gather and teach unenlightened young voters. They should not sell their votes. Talk to the adults, too. Plead to them to help clean our rotten corrupt system. Let us all pray to God Almighty to bless our country in its struggle for healing our people and our country.
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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 24, 2013.