Guilt-tripping Politics

I’m not interested in politics. In fact, I don’t even watch the news or even TV for that matter. Kinda weird considering I’m in a field that may lead into advertising one day. However, as we all know, the country has been placed in some sort of floating-time-freeze-kind-of-feeling due to the death of former president Corazon “Cory” Aquino.

I’ve been to EDSA II, but I didn’t really care about why was there. Actually, I went there because it was a ‘historic moment’ in time and I’d have some sort of bragging rights being there. But by watching the country, and perhaps even the world mourning over this one woman, is just so moving that I’m starting to care for this country, even if caring for a country, is not something I could fully comprehend or understand. I mean, how can you care for such a huge group of people you don’t even know, right? But just by watching TV, I feel like I’ve become closer to this country I’ve originally hated and actually still somewhat do (although my hatred is directed at the government and random Filipinos who dirty up the country literally). I suddenly realize how important it is to take care of your country and it’s people, even due to the selfish reason of wanting to protect and preserve your future, and the future of your family so that everyone would live a peaceful and not-so-harsh life. It’s really odd, downright annoying, and guilt-tripping that it has to take the death of a person, in order for us to realize our place in the world. I feel so guilty, that it is only during times like these, that I realize that I’m a Filipino, and that means so much more than being a person living on an island somewhere in South East Asia.

I may not have been born during the time of the Marcos regime, nor do I remember the time during Cory’s regime, but Cory presence is important to me, and will be important to all the Filipinos after me. I realized this during my philosophy teacher, PJ Mariano’s short sharing about Cory Aquino. She made me realize something that I never even thought about before – that a government isn’t all that bad, and there used to be a time where you could look up to a politician and realize how great he or she is and how helpful and important that person is to the country. I’ve always thought that all governments are corrupt, although I can’t understand why you would want to corrupt a government if you could make so much more money doing something else. Ma’am PJ said something to this effect, that it didn’t matter that Cory Aquino wasn’t the greatest president in the world, but she was really such a great symbol of sincerity, that you could actually look up to the politicians because you know they are good people.

It’s really sad, looking at the government now, and also the people (including myself), that the government is so untrustworthy, so corrupt, so self-centered that people no longer care for it. That even kids (according to Ma’am PJ) are aware that many government officials are just there to ‘steal’ money. According to Ma’am PJ, she said that she hears kids wanting to be senators because they’ll be rich that way. How sad is that? That the government, which is supposed to be a symbol of goodness, and selflessness, would corrupt kids so much that they want to be government officials because you can make a lot of money out of it?

It’s also sad, that the death of this great person, may lead in two directions, although the second one being more likely than the first. These two directions are: 1. That the government and the people will see the light, and live life trying to be better, trying to be good, and that the government will be pressured to live up to the standards Cory has set, so that the government will be good enough for its people. 2. That the government would pretend to live a life for the people, but in the end will fall back to it’s usual cycle of corruption and deceit, especially since we are getting closer to the elections.

You know, I just can’t imagine why people are so self-centered and corrupt. Don’t they get guilty, seeing all their fame and riches, and then looking at that poor, almost naked little girl on the street, knocking on windows trying to sell sampaguita? Don’t they feel any sense of remorse that because of their actions, it is most likely like their kid will be like them. Kids have a tendency to go “I wanna be like mommy!” or “I wanna be like daddy!”. Don’t they feel guilty that their kids want to be corrupt too? It’s just incomprehensible for me to think this way, although I am guilty for not really doing anything about it. I just can’t imagine stealing money without getting guilty that I’m doing it just to satisfy my selfish wants. Even if it’s to ‘steal’ money so that my kids will live an easy life, in the end, they’ll only end up being spoiled and harder to handle.

I just wanted to say these things, because I believe that it will become a reminder to myself that maybe there is still hope for this country and that I don’t have to leave because life will get better here. It will also be a reminder for me to stick to these thoughts, because as of the moment, I keep worrying about whether I’ll get a job in the future, or if I’ll be able to support myself. Life is more than just money, and I have to find that path to happiness without money being the center of it. I mean, if I can think this way, and keep thinking this way, and many more people will continue thinking this way, isn’t that good for our country? I mean, we are the future and if things go smoothly, then the future will be a bright one.

PS. Must find time to register for elections soon.

    • Nando
    • August 6th, 2009

    Hi , I found your website and saw your skier wooden construction kit. I was wondering if you could please send me the back plans for it (drawings), if you dont mind. We could exchange, what do you think? I have 21 more models. Thanks and sorry. Nando

  1. Hi Nando! Thanks for visiting my blog! However, I’m sorry to say but I think I lost it already. :(

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