Age of extinction

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By Atty. Taipan Millan

One Small Voice

Thursday, July 3, 2014


IT is uncanny how we swing from anger to pity then forgetfulness and admiration.

We never seem to learn the lessons of the past. We never seem to act on the challenges of the future.

We just go with the flow, then sometimes fight with the current, then oftentimes get lost in the undercurrent, and then we are back on the stream clueless on what to do, where to go, and why we are even there in the first place.

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There is a reason why history keeps on repeating itself. It is because we do the same things over and over again, of course expecting different results, but of course it will always be the same.

There are times when there are opportunities for change. They remain as opportunities, though, as we do not take advantage of them. In fact, we keep on missing them. In fact, we keep on spoiling them. In fact, we keep on wasting them.

One such chance for a detour, or an entirely different route, is the pork barrel scam that has hounded not only those who are guilty but also those who are victims.

Surprisingly, however, it is the guilty who are most affected, with sleepless nights of sweat, rats and cockroaches; and the victims seem largely unaffected, with just a few making some noise, and with the vast majority silent despite considerably larger beads of sweat, despite significantly larger mischief of rats, and despite overwhelmingly larger intrusion of cockroaches.

The time has come for us to finally experience something better. It will not come free. We have to fight for every piece, part and parcel of it.

It will start with our realization that we deserve more for our labor, persistence and perseverance.

It will continue with our struggle for independence from abuse, poverty and malevolence.

It will end with our enjoyment of a life well lived – not exaggerated but appropriate, not extravagant but adequate, and not ostentatious but sufficient.

This can only happen if our leaders can be trusted to be sensitive to our needs, can be trusted to be faithful with our money, and can be trusted to be visionary about our direction.

We are already trapped in the failures, mistakes and limitations of the present administration. It is doubtful if in the last two years of its incumbency, after four years of hard work but little success, we can still feel relief, reprieve and respite.

Our only chance at escaping the bondage of destitution is to vote wisely in the next election. There lies our hope. There lies our potential. Their lies our possibility.

The truth is, if we want change, we must first change.

The truth is, if it is to be, it is up to us.

The truth is, we have to bring the age of corruption, the age of incompetence and the age of cluelessness to the age of extinction.

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Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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