Meh…

If someone ever seriously asked me how was my life these past couple of months, I would probably say “meh”. Not because I’m indifferent or complacent, but rather because I feel like my life has spiralled into oblivion.

Why do I say this? It is because life here in the Philippines is just that: full of indifference and complacency.

In a country with its political, judicial, and economic system inter-woven together and are all inherently corrupt–to the highest levels–one can almost tangibly feel the despair and the abandon in the people. Imagine having to live knowing that fact? If you can,  you’re one step closer from being able to understand what it is being a Filipino.

Our history is fraught with the rich seizing power through despicable means, getting addicted to it, and lasciviously trying to keep it. What’s more saddening is that the masses, the very ones that have most suffered from the greed and the corruption of the rich, have stabbed themselves in back time and again because of how they vote. It is an agonizing truth, but truth nonetheless. Every election year, millions of pesos are spent on campaigns and common man is bombarded by political propaganda through every sensory means possible in an effort to blind the people from the truth.

In the Philippines, elections are bought.

Being a UP student, those of you who might think that I should feel differently being in “THE ACTIVIST SCHOOL” in the country are wrong. Yes, UP students are activists in the sense that some actively go on rallies and actively criticizes the administration, referring to the university’s and the government. But, their activism stops short to those things that directly affects themselves. Few or even none goes into the foray of the unknown or are brave enough to stick out of the crowd and stick it up to those in power. What’s more is that they seem to be taking their cues from the newspapers or by simply just going against anything the government or the university administration tries to pull off. True activism goes further than self-interest lest they be just the same as the rich: doing things for their own sakes.

Moreover, rather than asking students to go and “rally” for change, wouldn’t it be more helpful for them to encourage students to actually register to vote? Wouldn’t it make a larger impact if students were encouraged to register themselves and also to invite their friends and families to ALSO do the same?

Well, having said that, I can’t really blame them for doing what they been doing. Our generation did grow up in THE time in which everything the government, and by default what their agencies, try to do should come into question. We SHOULD be suspicious. But, hope is not in another EDSA Revolution. Rather, hope is always and has always been in the hearts of the people.

Our complacency and indifference… our acceptance of the status quo must end. It is high time that the death-grip of the rich be broken over our country, that we wash ourselves of the dross they’ve splashed over us… to drown us with the despair.

Hope is in us… change is upon us.

Rise up, Philippines! Rise up my fellow students. Register and vote WISELY at the 2010 Presidential Elections.

Still mehing… but changing,

Daniel

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10 thoughts on “Meh…

    • True, but it’s a whole different ball-game in the Philippines where the mass media (TV, print, radio, etc.) are owned by the corrupt rich and power is centralized to a select few.

  1. Oh I don’t know about that. The middle east and the African continent are pretty much on par no? Not to mention Eastern European countries and so many more.
    Let’s face it … even the US. How else do you explain Bush?

    • The difference being that the Philippines is an ACTUAL democracy-gone-very-wrong.

      Comparing the situation in war-torn, SECULAR nations to that of the Philippines isn’t really objective, I’ve got say.

      But on the matter, yes, those places are way worse…

      HOWEVER, the point (and what’s incredibly sad) is that in the Philippines, the masses themselves are the ones who perpetuate the corruption: by voting the same people in office to plunder our country even more. Filipino’s say they love their freedom and are willing to fight for it, and of course we do… really… but with all the bickering and the fighting and the previous two “Edsa Revolutions” and the total disregard of the RULE OF LAW (AKA the Philippine Constitution)… meh… IMO, the public need to grow some brains for once and not to vote just based on popularity… meh.

  2. Agreed … but you are not alone. Syria and just most recently Iran have had the same thing. Yes, war played a part but they had an election and they voted – they the people – voted for the corrupt.
    In Africa people vote for the wealthy and cruel.

    The Romans may well have at it correct when they denied the right to vote from those not educated enough to understand. Of course that included woman and I don’t include that in my statement.

    Should the idiot of the masses, who only want to work as little as possible, sit and watch TV, drink beer and sleep around … should they have a say? That is the basis for democracy. That the fool that sits in the arena’s to watch sports and “stars” – the opium of the masses – is also the one that gets to vote.

    • @Fantasia

      Yes, Democracy is just that: having the potential for good and evil. If one can remember, this was basis for the rise of Marxism, Fascism, and Communism–all of which saw Democracy and saw that it was not good.

      That being said, I believe in Democracy. It’s not perfect, but nothing is as long as the concept is conceived or created by imperfect beings.

      To answer your question “should the “idiots” of society be given a say”, I say “yes”. This is because, at least in a Democratic society, the rule of law is and should be absolute. As long as these “idiots” pay their taxes and/or are regarded as citizens, they should be vested with all the rights non-idiot citizens enjoy. This goes without saying that that’s the inherent flaw of Democracy.

      Although, I do not agree with your allusion of the common-man being as indifferent and complacent as you you described it.

      Filipinos are passionate about their politicians, but the problem here is that 1.) the public gets swayed easily by political propaganda 2.) the media has a huge influence on the result of any election (an example of this was when a Presidential Candidate was reported in a newspaper as a closet-homosexual and consequently this rumor disintergrated his campaign candidacy) 3.) the Catholic church and OTHER religious institutions do not hide their favored candidate(s) and actually, despite of laws against it, actively campaigns for them to their members 4.) people have short memories and would usually just assess a candidates legitimacy based on his/her performance during the election year and not actually take into account the very little they’ve done the majority of their term (and we all know that politicians go into overdrive 12 months before elections 5.) it’s almost impossible for a commoner to get into politics without selling out to special interest groups, etc. 6.) – 9999.) A lot more reasons.

      It’s meh issue.

  3. @Daniel

    But that’s just one side of it. Those in authority, seeing that the masses, let’s say, have a dearth of the brains to vote wisely, also have every prospect to abuse that feebleness of the people. So it’s not just the masses who are at fault. The “credit” also goes to those in authority.

    But you know, in a country like ours, the Philippines, where poverty seems to be like an unstoppable plague, I think that everyone who would have the opportunity to govern would all the same be corrupt. With poverty stained and still staining every settlement, every barangay, every city.. with money arduously gained.. to be in a position where one can earn millions in an instant.. Perhaps you get the point.

    • Yes, I do understand what you mean.

      It’s sad fact that nationalism is a rare-find in the halls of Malacañang Palace or in the Congress or Senate. We need more politicians the likes of Apolinario Mabini or Andres Bonifacio, not the Emilio Aguinaldos and Pedro Paternos we have today.

    • Anon,Good for yoo!#un&D39;t use red though. It is the same as writing in blood. Use purple. That pisses them off. (Purple is supposedly only for royals).And don't forget: address it to David Cameron dba (Doing Business As) Prime Minister UK.He will ignore it. But that is okay. An unrebutted affidavit becomes the truth in law.Freedom awaits!!CR.

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