Editorial: We ask of others, but what of ourselves?

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

A FEW days ago, aid flew in for the victims of calamities in Visayas. Foreign nations were generous enough to send in help for our brothers and sisters who are trying to get back on their feet.

It was all fine, until reports came out that relief goods have started to appear in stores far from the areas were the distribution is being conducted.

The issue spread like wildfire in social media, where several netizens were in disbelief over how people took advantage of the situation and used something that was supposed to be for the survivors, for their own personal gain. Several people were angry, others even disgusted and sickened by people willing to shortchange their fellow Filipinos to satisfy their selfishness.

When you look at it, however, what had been done is not so different from what we’ve been accusing public officials of doing to us in the past few months.

We flocked the streets denouncing the culture of being taken for fools by our government yet in the smaller scale of things, we are still allowing people to take advantage of others.

If the people on the ground themselves are guilty of the same things they are accusing the public servants of, who really is to blame for all the chaos happening lately? It appears more and more apparent that the people we elect are a reflection of who we are.

We seek change from the system and the people who run this country, but it seems that we are forgetting that to change the grand scheme of things, we must first change ourselves.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on December 11, 2013.


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